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Ryan Odom to leave Virginia Tech for Charlotte

Ryan Odom, a Virginia Tech assistant basketball coach since 2003, is leaving the Hokies to join Coach Alan Major’s staff at Charlotte.

Odom was in Charlotte on Wednesday and an announcement about his hiring could come this week, perhaps as early as Thursday. Major was hired on Monday by Charlotte.

The move takes away some stability to Virginia Tech's staff. Odom had been with Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg since he arrived in Blacksburg seven seasons ago, and like other assistants, was important in helping to put together game plans.

Odom's departure will mark is the second consecutive offseason in which Greenberg, who declined to comment for this article, has had to replace an assistant. After last season, Stacey Palmore took an assistant coaching position at Georgia to be closer to his family and was replaced by Bill Courtney, an assistant coach at Virginia in 2008-09.

Odom did not immediately respond to a text message on Wednesday afternoon.

His wife, Lucia, owns an upscale ladies boutique, Monkee’s, which sells shoes and clothes, in Southern Pines, N.C., which is about 2 hours from Charlotte. Southern Pines is more than 3 ½ hours from Blacksburg.

Reached at their home in Blacksburg, Lucia Odom said being closer to her store and returning to their home state, North Carolina, played into the decision to leave Virginia Tech.

“It was a factor,” Lucia Odom said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “Ultimately, Ryan and I are both from North Carolina, so getting back there, or getting closer, was definitely something we’ve always wanted.”

By Mark Viera  |  April 14, 2010; 3:19 PM ET
 
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