A 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Nima Omidvar joined the Maryland basketball program as its director of basketball operations in 2014. With over a decade of coaching experience at the collegiate and high school ranks, Omidvar has played an integral role on teams that have advanced to six consecuitve NCAA Tournaments (Maryland, NC State, Bowie State).
“Nima has been a great addition to our staff and it’s always exciting to have a member of the Terrapin family," head coach Mark Turgeon said. "His coaching experience combined with his passion for Maryland and inroads he has made in our community through his background in grassroots basketball has made him an outstanding fit for our program."
In each of his three seasons at Maryland, the Terps have advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in the 2015-16 season. This marked Maryland's longest run in the NCAA Tournament in 13 seasons.
Omidvar has been instrumental in a pair of recruiting classes that have ranked in the top 10. Omidvar directs all on-campus recruiting initiatives and played a integral role in the effort to sign Ivan Bender (Capljina, Bosnia & Herzegovina) in 2015.
Omidvar also coordinated the inaugural Terps Alumni Reunion in 2014. Seventy (70) former players and coaches returned to enjoy a weekend in College Park. In addition, Omidvar introduced a pair of new program; the Terps' Coaches Clinic (in 2014) and Team Camp (in 2015). Both programs helped Maryland basketball connect with the local basketball community. Under Omidvar's direction, the Team Camp, which featured some of the nation's top talent at XFINITY Center, hosted 32 teams the in its inaugural year (2015), doubled in size to 64 the following year (2016) and reached 80 teams in 2017.
Omidvar has been a strong contributor to the program's social media platforms. Maryland's Twitter account has surpassed 80,000 followers and has increased its following 50 percent over the past two years. He also coined the phrase "We Will" - which was the team's mantra during its runs to the NCAA Tournament (2014-15 and 2015-16).
During his tenure at NC State (2011-14) as the team’s video coordinator, the Wolfpack advanced to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and reached the Sweet 16 in 2011-12. Omidvar worked with 2014 ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren and was instrumental in helping NC State to three consecutively highly-acclaimed recruiting classes – 2011 (5th), 2012 (8th), 2013 (11th).
Prior to his arrival in Raleigh, Omidvar was an assistant coach at Bowie State. In 2010-11, he helped guide the Bulldogs to a 23-6 mark, including a 16-2 record in CIAA competition and their second-straight Northern Division crown. Bowie State advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament, posting an opening-round victory over Mansfield before falling to Indiana (PA) in the regional semifinal. During brief stint at Bowie State, Omidvar was instrumental in signing key members of the program that helped win Bowie State's second CIAA Tournament Championship in school history.
In 2009, Omidvar broke into the collegiate ranks as a graduate assistant at Charlotte under Bobby Lutz. His duties at Charlotte included helping monitor student-athlete academics, assisting with the coordination of team travel and providing recruiting support for the coaching staff.
In addition to his work on the prep and collegiate levels, Omidvar has worked extensively on the AAU and club levels helping form the nationally recognized DC Team Takeover guiding them to the U16 & U17 AAU Super Showcase Championships in the summer of 2009 while also coaching notable players such as: Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Talib Zanna (Pitt), Lasan Kromah (George Washington/UConn), Chris Braswell (Charlotte), Erick Green (Virginia Tech), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), Michael Gbinije (Duke/Syracuse), Darion Atkins (Virginia), & Mikael Hopkins (Georgetown). Omidvar also was the founder and director of some of the nation's most notable grassroots events such as the DC Metro Showcase & the Peach State Summer Showcase.
His also had a two-year stint (2007-09) at Paul VI Catholic High, working under Glenn Farello. While there, Omidvar helped the squad attain its first-ever national ranking (20th) and capture its first Virginia Independent School state championship and coachedand recruited nine division one players including the aforementioned Green who was the 2013 ACC Player of the Year.
Omidvar got his start in coaching at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (JDS) as the head coach from 2004-06. During his tenure at JDS, he led his squad to a PVAC championship and a runner-up finish. He then moved on to St. John's College High School for the 2006-07 season, where he was an assistant to Paul Destefano, helping guide the Cadets to a 28-9 ledger. While at St. John's, he provided tutelage for McDonald's All-American Chris Wright (Georgetown University and formelly of the Dallas Mavericks).
Omidvar graduated from Maryland in 2008 with a degree in economics and attended Damascus High School in Damascus, Md. He is single and resides in Washington, D.C.