Cesar Odio (’77) – Basketball
Where do you begin on a man who was the first ever from Columbus to lead Dade County in scoring. He played on a college national championship team, has coached basketball at the college level for 24 years and starred down and beat cancer.
On the day before the first game of his senior year in high school, the best shooter at Columbus — Peter Busse – suffered a season-ending knee injury. It changed the entire complexion of that team. How did Ceasar Odio respond? He strapped the team onto his back and led them to 19 wins leading the county in scoring with 24 points a game.
Consistency was his trademark. He scored 20 or more points in 21 of the team 28 games and averaged 15 rebounds a game. In 4 years, playing for the freshman, JV and varsity teams, Cesar Odio played and started in 96 straight games. Columbus won 74 of those 96 games.
Cesar won a scholarship to Florida Southern College and he was the captain of the team that won the 1981 Division 2 National Championship.
After graduating from Florida Southern, Cesar began his coaching career. First at the high school level and then for three years at Florida Southern before coming back to Miami to work as an assistant at the University of Miami in 1985 when the Hurricanes restarted their basketball program. After three years at UM, Cesar went to Miami-Dade South as its head coach for seven years. His last stop has been at Barry University where he is set to begin his 16th year as head coach.
Cesar is married to Mary Kay – who he met at Florida Southern. They have been married 26 years and have two children, Eddie and a daughter.