Assistant Director of Athletics
After complining more wins than any other men's basketball coach at Barry, Cesar Odio joins the administrative team in 2013-14.
After taking over the program in 1994-95, Odio recorded 11 winning seasons, winning at least 17 games eight times, and earned Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year honors twice in his first season and again in 2006-07. He complied a 281-234 record in 18 seasons and coached 22 All-SSC players, including 2004-05 SSC Player of the Year Nick Ellingsworth-Perez.
Prior to Barry, Odio was the head coach at Miami-Dade Community College in Kendall for seven years. The winningest coach in MDCC-Kendall history at his departure, he put together an overall record of 128-84 (.604) with the Jaguars. Odio posted two 20-win seasons. The 1988-89 team tallied a school-best 26-9 overall record, and advanced to the NJCAA Regional VIII championship game.
Odio has experienced success at every level of college basketball as both a player and a coach. A native of Havana, Cuba, he attended Christopher Columbus High in Miami, graduating in 1977. As a senior at Columbus, he led Dade County in scoring and was named First-Team All-Dade County. He then attended Florida Southern College, where he was a four-year letterman, helping the Mocs compile a 83-39 overall record and three SSC titles. Odio was team captain in 1980-81 when FSC won the NCAA Division II national title, defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 73-68, in the championship game.
Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree with a major in physical education from FSC in 1981, Odio began his coaching career at Lakeland’s Sante Fe High School, where he also taught physical education. The following year he returned to Florida Southern as an assistant coach and admissions counselor. Odio served as an assistant coach with the Mocs for two seasons. During that time, FSC compiled a 36-23 overall record, a conference title in 1982-83, and a third-place finish in the NCAA South Regional.
Odio earned a master’s degree in physical education from Nova Southeastern University in 1990. In addition to his duties on the hardwood at Barry, he has taught in the university’s School of Human Performance & Leisure Sciences.
Odio and his wife, Mary Kay, live in Kendall with their two children, Emily and Eddie, who plays collegiately at Division I Boston College.