North Carolina Central announced Monday that Trisha-Stafford Odom will be the new women’s basketball coach. Stafford-Odom replaces Vanessa Taylor, whose contract was not renewed after the 2016-17 season.
Stafford-Odom is familiar with the Triangle. Before taking the head coaching job at Concordia University in Irvine, California, Stafford-Odom was an assistant coach for four seasons with North Carolina and Duke.
During her three-year stint with Concordia, the Eagles won their first conference championship in 18 years. During her time as a head coach, Staff-Odom produced two All-Americans. Stafford-Odom played at the University of California, Berkeley and went onto play professionally in the WNBA, as well as the ABL, NWBL, NBDL and European leagues.
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While serving as an assistant at Duke and UNC, Staff-Odom was known as an excellent recruiter, bringing her first No. 1 nationally-ranked recruiting class to Durham. As an assistant at UNC, she was played a huge part in signing the No. 1 recruiting class in 2013.