NC Central hires ex-Duke, UNC assistant coach Stafford-Odom

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Former North Carolina and Duke assistant coach Trisha Stafford-Odom is the new women's basketball coach at North Carolina Central.

The school announced Stafford-Odom's hiring on Monday.

Stafford-Odom spent the last three seasons at Concordia Irvine, a Division II school in California. She spent two years each on the staffs at North Carolina and Duke before that, and has also been an assistant at UCLA.

Athletic director Ingrid Wicker McCree says Stafford-Odom ''will definitely help move our women's basketball program to the next level.''

She replaces Vanessa Taylor. McCree said in March that Taylor's contract would not be renewed. Taylor went 33-113 in five seasons and 8-21 this year.

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