Bakersfield, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors have announced that Matt O’Dette will be the team’s fourth head coach in history. The announcement was made today by Condors President Matthew Riley.
O’Dette, 35, comes to the Condors bench from the Stockton Thunder, where he has served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons under head coach Matt Thomas. The Oshawa, Ontario native completed a 13-year pro career with the Thunder in 2009-10, competing in 14 games as a player/assistant coach, and spent the entire 2010-11 campaign as a full-time coach.
A familiar face to Condors fans, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound former blueliner also spent over four seasons patrolling the blueline for the Fresno Falcons, including three as the team captain. His 2005-06 Falcons squad clipped the Condors in a 7-game, 2nd round series, eventually losing to Alaska in the conference finals. Prior to that, O’Dette spent six seasons in the American Hockey League with three clubs. He began his pro career in 1996-97 in the ECHL with the Roanoke Express. The following season, and again in 2002-03, he was a part of clubs that reached the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals.
O’Dette was drafted in the 7th round in 1994 by the Florida Panthers, and played 663 professional games, including 263 in the AHL, with 38g-78a-116pts and 1,587 penalty minutes in his playing career.