New North Carolina Central University women’s basketball coach Trisha Stafford-Odom started off her staff with some Triangle flavor.
Stafford-Odom announced that former WNBA player and local college standout Tynesha Lewis will be an assistant for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Lewis, a native of Macclesfield, North Carolina, played collegiately at North Carolina State University. After her final season with the Wolfpack, Lewis was the 21st overall pick of the Houston Comets in the 2001 WNBA draft. Lewis also played for the Charlotte Sting and Minnesota Lynx before retiring from basketball in 2007.
“Nothing makes me more comfortable than knowing the very knowledgeable and uber-efficient Tynesha Lewis is ready to be in the trenches with me on the sidelines,” said Stafford-Odom. “Her accomplishments as a player and her energetic approach to entrepreneurship and personal growth was revealed to me over the course of our long term-friendship. I am grateful Coach Ty was willing to reinsert herself into the women's game.”
Lewis’ previous coaching experience includes time on the bench as an assistant with Illinois State University beginning in 2012.
Lewis will be working primarily with the guards. The Eagles lost starting point guard Chantal Thomas to graduation, but return Rodneysha Martin, who started 14 games last season, and Jada Blow, who started six as a true freshman. Junior Dominique Adams, who plays shooting guard, is the only player on the team returning who started all 29 games last season.
During her playing days at North Carolina State, Lewis was a four-time All-ACC honoree, averaging 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals for coach Kay Yow. In 1998 she was a part of the Wolfpack squad that advanced to the Final Four.