MU names defensive coordinator Barry Odom football team’s new head coach

Barry Odom, University of Missouri football coach | Courtesy of MU Athletics
Barry Odom | Courtesy of MU Athletics

Barry Odom, a former University of Missouri football player and assistant coach who just completed his first season as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator, will succeed Gary Pinkel as the team’s head coach, the MU athletics department announced in a news release.

MU Athletic Director Mack Rhoades picked Odom, 39, after conducting a nationwide search.

“We are extremely excited to announce Barry Odom as the new leader of the Mizzou football program,” Rhoades said in the release. “We had the opportunity to visit with a number of excellent coaches throughout our search. At the conclusion of that process, Coach Odom was the clear choice to serve as our next coach.”

Odom, who played linebacker for the Tigers, has worked for the team in several roles since 2003. He spent 2012-14 as the defensive coordinator at Memphis before returning to his alma mater this year to fill the same role.

In Pinkel, Odom replaces the winningest coach in MU history and a man who led the Tigers for 15 years. Pinkel announced last month that he was retiring to spend more time with family and focus on his health as he contends with lymphoma.

Financial details of Odom’s contract will be released when they are approved by the University of Missouri System Board of Curators at its meeting next week.

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