Stafford-Odom adds two to NCCU women’s staff


A.G. Hall and Clarissa Adams have been named to the North Carolina Central women’s basketball staff.

Hall will be an assistant coach while Adams will serve as the Director of Basketball Operations. Last month, first-year head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom announced the addition of former N.C. State player Tynesha Lewis to the staff.

Hall makes his return to his alma mater, where he played in 58 games and was a teammate of current men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton. He coached at NCCU for two seasons (2000-02) leading the Lady Eagles to a 49-13 mark, winning back-to-back CIAA Western Division titles and advancing to the NCAA Tournament both seasons. Hall then spent four years as the head coach at Winston-Salem State University. His 2012-13 team was ranked No. 2 in Division II in team defense.

Hall has 16 years of experience in women’s basketball, including stops at Providence College (2002-08) and Clemson (2008-10). He also coached in the MEAC for two seasons at Bethune-Cookman.

“Adding the wisdom and experience of A.G. is something I am very proud of,” said Stafford-Odom. “I have seen him operate with professionalism throughout his coaching years. He has a calming demeanor and a motor that motivates players to push harder. For me to find an individual who walked the path of a collegiate athlete here at NCCU and who has posted winning seasons as a college head coach, I am thrilled. I know the influx of knowledge A.G. will share will help move our program forward.”

Adams spent the last decade with the women’s program at North Carolina. During her stint with the Tar Heels, Adams was the director of student-athlete development/recruiting assistant. Adams and Stafford-Odom worked together on the UNC staff from 2011-2013. Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in exercise and sports science from UNC in 2005.

“There was an instantaneous aura of professionalism when I met Clarissa years ago,” said Stafford-Odom. “Her uncanny ability to promote positive alternatives and to bring resolve to situations that appear unresolvable render her invaluable. Clarissa will be an essential resource to our student-athletes as they navigate their way through college and prepare for life after athletics. She will bring life to the community and media presence of women's basketball, and she will effectively communicate the daily and long term direction of our program.”

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