Worcester, Mass. – Cory O'Dell, a coach with extensive experience at numerous levels of basketball, has been named an assistant coach with the Clark University women's basketball program it was announced by head coach Pat Glispin and confirmed by Director of Athletics and Recreation Trish Cronin on Monday.
O'Dell will participate in all facets of the program including player development, student-athlete recruitment, practice planning and assist in the day-to-day operations of the program.
"We are excited to have Cory on staff," said Glispin, who is entering her 31st season on the Clark sidelines and has more than 500 career victories. "He will bring an energy and enthusiasm that will be felt throughout our program."
O'Dell most recently served as an assistant coach at Division II Missouri Western State from September 2010-March 2012. During his time in St. Joseph, he helped lead the Griffons to back-to-back Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) tournament appearances – their first trips since the 2007-08 season.
Prior to MWSU, O'Dell spent three seasons at Division I California State University-Northridge. His responsibilities included working with the Matador post players, recruiting and film exchange. O'Dell also oversaw the team's four student managers and was in charge of the recruitment and coaching of the male practice squad.
O'Dell became the first-ever women's basketball coach at Chaminade University in Maui, Hawai'I, serving in that capacity for the 2006-07 season after spending three seasons as a men's assistant with the Silverswords. In all, O'Dell spent four years at Chaminade, serving in other capacities including Event Manager and Assistant Sports Information Director.
Before Chaminade O'Dell spent five seasons (1995-00) as an assistant women's coach at Alaska Anchorage.
O'Dell graduated from the University of Hawai'i at West Oahu with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with an emphasis in history.
The 2014-15 Clark University women's basketball season gets underway on Saturday, November 15 against Becker College in the annual Worcester City Tip-Off Tournament.