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NIT announces 2 new committee members

Gary Walters, Dave Odom to start 4-year terms

Gary Walters, a former men’s basketball coach and director of athletics, and Dave Odom, a former men’s basketball coach, will start four-year terms on the National Invitation Tournament Committee beginning with the 2017-18 season.

The point guard on Princeton’s 1965 Final Four team, Walters was the head coach at Middlebury and Union (New York) before Division I head coaching stops at Dartmouth and Providence. In 1994, Walters began a 20-year tenure as director of athletics at Princeton. During his time at Princeton, Walters was a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee from 2002 to 2007 and chaired the committee for the 2006-07 season.

Odom had a 22-year career as a head coach at East Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina. During his tenure, his teams made 15 appearances in the NCAA tournament or NIT and won the NIT championship three times.

Beginning in 2015-16, NIT Committee members were appointed to serve a maximum four-year term. The committee features a mix of current athletics administrators who are actively working at NCAA institutions or conferences and former collegiate head men’s basketball coaches.

Walters and Odom make up two of the eight-member committee. The other 2017-18 NIT Committee members are:

  • Barry Collier — Director of athletics at Butler and former head men’s basketball coach at Butler and Nebraska.
  • Doug Elgin — Commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference and former member of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.
  • Reggie Minton — Former head men’s basketball coach at Dartmouth and Air Force and current deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
  • Mike Montgomery — Former head men’s basketball coach at California, Stanford and Montana and a 2016 inductee into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Bob Weltlich — Former head men’s basketball coach at Ole Miss, Texas, Florida International University and South Alabama.
  • Vaughn Williams — Senior associate director of athletics at Boston College.

The NIT Committee is responsible for the selection, seeding and bracketing of the 32-team postseason championship.

The 2018 National Invitation Tournament starts Tuesday, March 13, at campus sites. The NIT semifinals and championship game will be March 27 and 29 at Madison Square Garden in New York.