|Position:||Director of Basketball Operations|
|Alma Mater:||Maryland '08|
A 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Omidvar joins the Maryland staff as its director of basketball operations with a decade of coaching experience at the collegiate and high school ranks. During his five seasons as a collegiate coach at NC State and Bowie State, Omidvar has played an integral role on teams that have advanced to four NCAA Tournaments.
“We’re happy to welcome Nima back to the University of Maryland,” Turgeon said. “Nima is a great addition to our staff and it’s always exciting to bring back a member of the Terrapin family. His coaching experience combined with the inroads he has made in our community through his background in grassroots basketball makes him the ideal person for this position.”
During his tenure at NC State from 2011-14 as the team’s video coordinator, the Wolfpack advanced to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and progressed to 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 current Wolfpack associate head coach 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 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), Brandon Young (DePaul), 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 & coached & recruited nine division one players including last year's ACC Player of the Year Erick Green.
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/Dallas Mavericks).
Omidvar graduated from Maryland in 2008 with a degree in economics and attended Damascus High School in Damascus, Md.