Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Charlotte Catholic coach Jim Oddo to retire

An innocuous tweet announced the retirement of one of North Carolina's most accomplished high school football coaches.

The Charlotte Catholic Twitter account (@CCHSCougarNews) tweeted that Jim Oddo would retire this year. Athletic Director Kevin Christmas said Oddo had announced he would retire, but declined to comment further.


Oddo started at Charlotte Catholic in 1973 and has coached more than 500 games with a career record of 358-145-2. He finished last season as the state's active wins leader.

Under Oddo, the Cougars won three state championships in 1977, 2004 and 2005.

Led by All-American running back Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic made it to the 3AA state championship game in 2012 and the 4A regional championship game in 2013.

--Corey Inscoe

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rumor around Mint Hill is Tommy Knotts will be the new coach at Catholic.

Anonymous said...

By this year do you mean now or after the 2014 season?

Observer Sports said...

I mean now. Sorry for the wording confusion there. -Corey

Anonymous said...

Corey, have you called Knotts for comment?

Observer Sports said...

I have not. Focused on writing about Oddo. -Corey

Anonymous said...

More than likely they will hire within house. Brodowicz has been gunning for that job since he started coaching there.

Anonymous said...

kevin christmas is front runner

Anonymous said...

Christmas is the AD so don't think he'll take over as FB coach. Brodowicz could be a candidate but Catholic should go through the due process of opening the job up. The number of outstanding candidates would be mindboggling to say the least. A hire within is a safe move not necessarily the right move.

Anonymous said...

Please no Knotts.....
The job should go to Brodowicz
he knows the athletes and is involved in all aspects of the program.
Very organized and stays current with what's happening in the game.

As to Coach Oddo .... A great man who has influenced the lives of many young men in a positive manner.
Enjoyed watching him beat some of the younger cocky coaches over the years.
Humble and dignified in victory or defeat.

Anonymous said...

They will not go outside. The culture of the school is more about chemistry and there are those inside who have paid their dues and should be the next coach. It is true that there have been a tremendous number of inquiries and resumes sent to Catholic. Remember that Catholic was an average team in the late 90s and early 00's. The success can be attributed not only to Coach Oddo bit to those who joined his staff back as far back as 2004.

Anonymous said...

I just pray that CCHS brings in a man that preaches excellence (and faith) off the field as much as on. Wonderful wins, but these young men should be leading by example and living for our Lord (is a Catholic school afterall) and not getting busted for drugs and partying which is all too frequent at a school that preaches faith.