North Texas coach Tony Benford has added veteran assistant coach Dan O’Dowd to his staff.
O’Dowd spent the last 10 years at Texas-San Antonio, including the last eight as the Roadrunners’ associate head coach.
O’Dowd replaces Scott Monarch, who left the staff after last season.
“I am very excited to join coach Benford and his staff,” O’Dowd said in a prepared statement. “I am looking forward to helping the North Texas men’s basketball program compete for conference championships. I want to help build a product that the community, alumni, and fans can be proud of.”
UNT’s staff has several connections with O’Dowd, who was an assistant coach at Arizona State and Ole Miss under UNT associate head coach Rob Evans.
“I’ve known Dan for over 20 years,” Benford said. “He has a tremendous amount of coaching experience and has great recruiting connections throughout the state and internationally.”
UTSA fired head coach Brooks Thompson and his staff after last season.
O’Dowd will now try to spark a UNT program that has struggled under Benford, who has yet to post a winning season in four years at the school. UNT finished 12-20 in the 2015-16 campaign.
Benford is 54-73 at UNT and is entering the final year of his contract.
UNT returns all of its key players other than Eric Katenda and is hoping to break out this season behind a veteran cast of players, including junior forward Jeremy Combs.