Old Dominion women's basketball coach Karen Barefoot moved quickly to fill her staff and hired a familiar face.
Stanford assistant coach Trina Patterson, a Newport News native and former head coach at William and Mary, joins the Lady Monarchs' staff to replace Tom O'Connell.
“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach at a great university with rich tradition and success in women's basketball," Patterson said in a statement released through ODU. "I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Karen Barefoot and I am honored to work under her leadership. This is an amazing opportunity for me and my family to come back home to Virginia to be part of the ODU community."
Patterson has been a head coach at three schools: William and Mary (1991-99); Maryland Eastern Shore (1999-2000); and the University of Albany (2000-10). She spent the past two years at Stanford, which went 68-5 with a Final Four appearance in 2012. She worked primarily with frontcourt players.
“Trina has done a fabulous job for us here at Stanford," Cardinal coach Tara Van Derveer said. "I hate to see her leave, but I am 100 percent supportive of her pursuing this great opportunity at Old Dominion and having the chance to return home to Virginia. This is a slam-dunk hire for Old Dominion."
Barefoot, also a Newport News native, has known Patterson since high school and has maintained an excellent relationship with her.
“We wanted to bring in somebody with great experience and strong East Coast recruiting connections," Barefoot said. "Trina is excellent with mentoring student-athletes and bringing out the most in each individual.”