Maryland basketball has some open staff spots to fill after men’s director of player development Nima Omidvar and women’s assistant coach Bett Shelby found new positions over the weekend.
Omidvar, a Maryland alum, spent four seasons in an operations role, but will now be able to assist in coaching and off-campus recruiting, two duties he was prohibited from in his prior role. After working largely on scheduling and social media the past couple years, he’ll help fill out new South Alabama head coach Richie Riley’s staff, but hasn’t signed his contract yet, per The Baltimore Sun. He came to College Park following three seasons as NC State’s video coordinator and spending the 2010-11 season as a Bowie State assistant coach.
Not much is known about Shelby’s new post, but she is no longer listed as a coach on the women’s team page and her Twitter bio now features a Tar Heels banner and a Chapel Hill location. She had only been in College Park for three seasons, but leaves with a decade of assistant coach experience under her belt, with prior stops at Virginia Tech, Southern Illinois, Tennessee Tech and Stetson.
Both Mark Turgeon and Brenda Frese will now have to fill out an open staff spot, with Turgeon’s opening being an off-court role and Frese needing someone else on the bench.
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