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Behind the Basketball: Brian Odom
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 11, 2011
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Aug. 11, 2011

Brian Odom is the Associate Director of Performance Enhancement for the University of Arizona Athletics Department. He works closely with head coach Niya Butts and her staff in directing services and training for the women's basketball program. He also aids performance enhancement director Corey Edmond in working closely with football student-athletes.

Here's a Q&A with Coach Odom about his work with women's basketball.

What are some of the strength and conditioning goals for the team and for individuals?

I was very happy with the strides we made in the weight room after last season. Everyone was motivated and I was impressed with everyone's work ethic in the spring. This summer for the veterans, we want to continue to improve on our strength numbers and prepare ourselves for a great season. In dealing with the newcomers, this summer is invaluable. It allows them to get up to speed with the veterans when we start the first semester in August.

As far as individual goals, the veterans have a chance every time they step in to the weight room to better themselves at certain lifts. They understand where they stand and it's a great accomplishment when they reach a new level in the lifts. It creates a great atmosphere of competition. The newcomers are being physically evaluated to see their strengths and weaknesses. After those are identified, we attack those deficiencies.

What do you like most about working in strength and conditioning for an athletic department?

I have a passion for coaching athletes. The best part of working in the weight room is that day in and day out I get to have a hand in helping them improve and get closer to reaching their goals.

What types of qualities can student-athletes use on the court and in the weight room?

Toughness, work ethic, the ability to compete, strength, speed, endurance....we can go all day, but the goal is to develop every day to being a better basketball player whether it is in the weight room or on the court.

What is the most important lesson about strength and conditioning that you try to impart on your student-athletes?

Invest your effort for your team.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Watching student-athletes develop into reaching the team goals and their own goals.

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