USC men’s tennis coach Peter Smith, who won five NCAA titles, has resigned.
USC says Smith wants to pursue other opportunities outside of college coaching.
I’ve already heard from other sources Smith was forced out. Nothing surprises me during the Lynn Swann administration.
Is it a coincidence that USC is losing established, successful coaches like Smith and beach volleyball coach Anna Collier?
The problem now is Swann’s track record for replacing coaches with cheap hires.
His women’s tennis coach was an easy-to-afford Division III coach. His big women’s volleyball hire came from the University of Portland.
He brought Mark Trakh back for a second term with women’s basketball at a cut-rate salary. He simply promoted an assistant to replace successful women’s golf coach Andrea Gaston. We have yet to hear who the permanent replacements will be for water polo coach Jovan Vavic but he will probably just promote the assistant coaches who replaced him.