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Terps officially promote Cliff Warren, hire Nima Omidvar as director of basketball operations


After months of working with an incomplete staff, the Maryland men’s basketball team finally completed its hiring process on Tuesday evening, officially promoting director of basketball operations Cliff Warren to assistant coach and hiring former North Carolina State video coordinator Nima Omidvar to replace Warren.

The Terrapins initially hired Warren, who was fired following nine seasons as head coach at Jacksonville, in mid-April to fill an operations director position that had been left vacant for the entire 2013-14 season, after Dustin Clark was promoted in the aftermath of Dalonte Hill’s resignation. Now, Warren replaces Scott Spinelli, a longtime assistant of Coach Mark Turgeon who left for Boston College this spring.

An experienced coach who also spent time with Georgia Tech, including on its 2004 Final Four team, Warren had already begun recruiting during an April open period for the Terps while they searched to replace Spinelli. Initially, Maryland had targeted former Indiana assistant Kenny Johnson for that spot, but after Johnson signed a two-year deal with Louisville reportedly worth $375,000, Turgeon turned his attention toward Warren, who joins Clark and Bino Ranson as assistant coaches.

“Cliff has been an outstanding addition to our staff this offseason,” Turgeon said in a news release. “Soon after working with Cliff, I realized that I already had the best person in place to assume the role of assistant coach. He has made a seamless transition into our program and will continue to be a valuable asset with his strong ties to our region and his head coaching experience at the Division I level. Throughout his career, Cliff has been recognized and well-respected for his knowledge of the game, his recruiting ability and his development of players on and off the court.”

In Omidvar, Maryland brought home a 2008 alumnus, a young riser with tight ties into the local AAU circuit. Before spending three seasons with the Wolfpack, Omidvar was an assistant coach at Bowie State, previously worked at both St. John’s College High School and Paul VI High School, and helped form the AAU juggernaut Team Takeover. With Team Takeover, according to his N.C. State biography, Omidvar has coached high-level college players such as Victor Oladipo (Indiana, now with the Orlando Magic), Pittsburgh’s Talib Zanna and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, among others.

“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.”

As director of basketball operations, Omidvar will be responsible for booking travel, handling logistics, monitoring academics, scouting opponents and forming the schedule, items that were distributed among Maryland’s support staff last season following Hill’s resignation and Clark’s promotion. He attended Damascus High School in Maryland, began his college coaching career with Charlotte in 2009-10 and chimed in on Twitter shortly after his hiring was made official.





Borrowed from an earlier post, here is a timeline of assistant coach movement under Turgeon:

May 9, 2011: Turgeon hired at Maryland, holds over Ranson from Gary Williams’s staff.

May 17, 2011: Sources confirm that former Kansas State assistant Dalonte Hill would join Turgeon’s staff.

May 18, 2011: Spinelli follows Turgeon from Texas A&M.

Nov. 27, 2013: Hill resigns after DUI charge; Clark promoted to assistant coach, vacating the operations job.

April 12, 2014: Spinelli leaves for significant raise at Boston College.

April 22, 2014: Kenny Johnson, Maryland’s top choice to replace Spinelli, chooses Louisville.

April 23, 2014: Maryland hires Warren as its new director of basketball operations.

May 20, 2014: Warren promoted to assistant coach, Nima Omidvar hired as director of basketball operations



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