Women's Basketball Hires Trisha Stafford-Odom As Assistant Coach

June 22, 2005

UCLA head women's basketball coach Kathy Olivier announced today the hiring of Trisha Stafford-Odom as assistant basketball coach. Stafford-Odom was a standout player at the University of California and went on to play professionally in the WNBA and overseas.

Stafford-Odom, a Los Angeles native, is one of the all-time great players in the history of University of California's women's basketball, ranking sixth on the all-time scoring list (1,530 points) and ninth on the all-time rebounding (721 rebounds) list. She helped lead Cal into its first two NCAA tournaments (1990 and 1992) and was selected to the school's 10-player All-Decade Team (1986-96).

In 1991-92, she led California and the Pac-10 Conference in scoring (22.3) and also led the Golden Bears in rebounding (8.7). She posted one of only two 20-plus point scoring averages in the school's history. The 647 points she scored that season were the third-most in school history. She was named an honorable mention All-America by Kodak and Basketball Times and a second-team selection by the Women's Basketball News Service following the 1991-92 season. She was named first-team All-Pacific 10 Conference in the 1991-92 and 1990-91 seasons. She is still listed in the school's top-10 career best lists in seven categories. In 1990, she was a member of the U.S. Junior National team and played in the 1990 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival and the 1993 World University Games.

Stafford-Odom played professionally in the WNBA in the 2001 season with the Houston Comets and in 2002 with the Miami Sol. She also has played professionally overseas in Italy, Spain, Israel, Brazil and Puerto Rico. She is also the co-founder of Play Mode Foundation, Inc., a non-profit Youth Development organization that mentors young people on life, athletics and social skills. She has been the head girls' basketball coach at Westchester High School for the past three years.

'Trisha's vast playing experience at all levels of the game, both here and abroad, will be invaluable tools she can share with our players,' said Olivier. 'I've known her for many years and have always been impressed with her attitude and the way she relates to others. Trisha is widely respected here in the Southern California area and will be a great asset in our recruiting efforts.'

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