UMBC names Jim Ferry its next basketball coach

UMBC announced the hiring of Jim Ferry as its basketball coach on Monday.

Ferry spent the past season as the interim head coach at Penn State following the resignation of coach Pat Chambers. He was an assistant coach for three seasons with the Nittany Lions before assuming the interim post.

At UMBC, he replaces Ryan Odom, who compiled a 97-60 record over five seasons before moving on to coach Utah State. Odom is best known for leading the Retrievers to a historic win over Virginia in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, becoming the first No. 16 seed ever to knock off a No. 1 seed.

Ferry led the Nittany Lions to an 11-14 (7-12 Big Ten) record in 2020-21. Penn State named Micah Shrewsberry, formerly an assistant coach at Purdue, as its head coach in March.

The 53-year-old Ferry has previous Division I head coaching experience at Duquesne (2012-17) and Long Island University-Brooklyn (2002-12). He has an overall career record of 221-260 with two NCAA Tournament appearances.

–Field Level Media

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