"I am extremely proud of Trish and I am excited for her to take this next step in her coaching career," Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "She has done an outstanding job for us the past two years and she was instrumental in helping us sign the No. 1 recruiting class this fall.
"Trish is more than ready to be a head coach, and this is a great move for her career and her family. She and her husband are both from southern California and this move will put them and their boys closer to their extended family. I want to thank her and her family for all that they have meant to the Carolina women's basketball family over the last two years and wish them all the best. They will all be truly missed, but I am confident that Concordia is getting a great head coach."
Concordia University Irvine, an NAIA university located in Irvine, Calif., competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Eagles have not advanced to the NAIA Tournament since 1997, and Stafford-Odom will be the program's ninth head coach.
A native of nearby Los Angeles, Stafford-Odom was a four-year letterwinner at the University of California and a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1991 and 1992 who was recently inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame. She also has extensive professional playing experience in the WNBA and ABL as well as internationally in Europe, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Prior to her time in Chapel Hill, Stafford-Odom was an assistant at UCLA and Duke as well as the head coach at Westchester High School in Los Angeles.