In 2011, Tom Ostrom joined the Flyer staff as an assistant coach after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas.
"We are really excited and fortunate to have Tom become a part of our program,” Miller said. “There are very few people in this business who combine his level of experience, talent as a recruiter, and unmatched work ethic. Tom is going to add tremendous value to our program. He is someone our players will relate to and he will be invaluable in their total development."
“I’m honored to be able work here at the University of Dayton, a place known across the country for its great tradition, fan base, and support,” Ostrom said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to join coach Miller and be a part of such a talented and energetic staff.”
Ostrom spent four seasons at Arkansas on John Pelphrey’s staff. The Razorbacks were 69-59 in those years with one NCAA appearance. Ostrom played a key role in recruiting the seventh-rated class in the country to Fayetteville this season.
Ostrom also was Pelphrey’s right-hand man in the three seasons before coaching at Arkansas. Ostrom was with Pelphrey at South Alabama from 2004-2007. USA played in the NCAA and NIT after enjoying the largest turnaround in college basketball in 2006, going from 10 wins in 2004-05 to 24 wins and the Sun Belt title in 2005-06.
Prior to joining Pelphrey's staff at USA, Ostrom spent seven seasons under Billy Donovan at Florida, the first five as administrative assistant/video coordinator (1998-2002) and the final two as an assistant coach (2003-04). While he was at Florida, the Gators played in the NCAA Tournament the last six years, advanced to the Sweet 16 in twice and reached the NCAA championship game in 2000.
A 1997 University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in Sports Management and Human Development, Ostrom worked in the Golden Gopher men’s basketball program as an undergrad while Clem Haskins was there. He prepped at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, Minn.