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Gerald Odom

Inducted 2014

A coach who believed in always being prepared, Gerald Odom positively impacted the Space Coast community and athletes in his 40 years as a football coach.

After attending Apopka High School, he graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1964.  He then went on to coach and teach at several high schools.  His longest tenure was at Merritt Island High School, where he won back-to-back state championships in 1978 and 1979.

Odom compiled a 268-85-2 career record with two state championships in 33 years as the head football coach at Merritt Island, New Smyrna Beach and Cocoa. Odom was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and was honored by the FHSAA in 2007 as a member of its “All-Century Team” coaching staff. In addition, he earned inclusion into the Space Coast Hall of Fame in 2012. Odom was named Florida Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1978 and 1979, and later was awarded a lifetime membership by the organization after serving stints as president and vice president.