The IUPUI Athletics Department and head men’s basketball coach Matt Crenshaw have announced two additions to the men’s basketball staff. Crenshaw recently added Keith Oddo as an assistant coach and Drew Greene will also serve as an assistant coach/director of operations. Both have already assumed duties, beginning at the start of the academic year.
“We’re excited about bringing both these guys on our staff. They bring a new perspective and good energy to our program,” Crenshaw said. “They’re both young and hungry and eager to make us better. They relate well with our young men and are going to play critical roles to our success this season.
“It’s exciting to see both of them in the gym, working with our guys and helping them get better every day.”
Oddo most recently coached at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va., where he served as the program’s top assistant. He helped the Eagles to the program’s highest Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) finish and a conference tournament bye for the first time since 2009. Oddo, who specializes in player development, helped Shod Smith to a ODAC Second Team award this past season after being named ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2022. He also trains multiple NBA and overseas pros in the offseason. In addition to his on-court duties, Oddo spearheaded recruitment and was in charge of all operations for the Eagles.
Prior to Bridgewater, Oddo worked for the Brooklyn Nets in the 2021 NBA Summer League, assisting in on-court practice and drills while supporting coaches and staff with daily operational tasks. He also had a prior stint as a graduate assistant at the University of Akron during the 2020-21 season, helping the Zips to 15-8 mark and 12-6 record in the Mid-American Conference.
He facilitated the creation and growth of Louisville’s TBT entry, “The Ville”, teaming with former UofL assistant Mark Lieberman and former player Luke Hancock to launch the 2023 team. The team was highlighted by former UofL standouts Peyton Siva and Russ Smith and went 2-1 in the 2023 event.
Oddo played collegiately at the University of Richmond before transferring to Louisville for his final season in 2019-20. While at Louisville, the Cardinals finished with a 24-7 overall record, and were ranked as high as No. 1 in the country. He starred at North Cross High School in Roanoke, Va., for legendary coach Bill Hodges, who was the head coach for the Larry Bird-led Indiana State team that reached the 1979 NCAA title game. Oddo earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and history from Richmond and a master’s degree in sport science and coaching from Akron.
“I cannot thank Coach Crenshaw, Banks and Strine enough for the opportunity that they have given me to be a part of this program. IUPUI is a special place, in a great basketball city, and I look forward to positively assisting in the development of our student athletes both on and off the court,” Oddo said. “I also want to thank Coach Enright and Bridgewater College for helping me grow over the last two years.”
Greene comes to IUPUI with coaching experience with the Next Level Prospects AAU program and as a former assistant at Milligan and Bethel University. He also provided personal instruction to players in his home state of North Carolina prior to coming to IUPUI.
Greene began his playing career at UVA Wise, earning his degree in business administration is just two years. He then transferred to Bethel University where he earned his MBA with a 4.0 grade point average and averaged 6.2 points per game for the Pilots. He finished his playing career at Milligan University in Elizabethton, Tenn., earning his second Master’s degree in Coaching and Sport Management.
“I want to first thank Coach Crenshaw for believing in me. Being able to serve and inspire these exceptional student-athletes as they begin their path is a privilege that I deeply appreciate,” Greene said. “I’m excited to learn from this great coaching staff and get to know the IUPUI community.”
Story courtesy: Ed Holdaway (@EdHoldaway), IUPUI Sports Information