Mark Trakh, who coached USC women’s basketball for two different stints from 2005-09 and 2018-21, announced his retirement today.
“This is a perfect time for a transition in the Trojan basketball program,” Trakh said. “I can’t imagine a more optimal time for all of us to embrace a fresh start. I am incredibly thankful to athletic director Mike Bohn, senior woman administrator Joyce Bell Limbrick and the USC Athletics personnel who have kindly provided the opportunity for me to leave USC in such a courteous manner. Their leadership will surely make the next chapter of women’s basketball the greatest one yet.”
Trakh had a 155-114 record in nine seasons at USC.
I’m highly skeptical Trakh decided on his own to retire. USC hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament under Trakh since 2006 and is basically irrelevant in women’s basketball despite the Pac-12’s success this past season.
“The future of our women’s basketball program is very promising, and we are committed to providing the necessary resources to restore the illustrious tradition of excellence of the Women of Troy,” USC athletic director Mike Bohn said.
The proof will come by who USC offers the job? Will it go after a big-time coach or will it try to just get by, like when it re-hired Trakh in 2018?
Trakh is believed to the second-or-third-lowest-paid women’s basketball coach in the Pac-12. I’m sure Hawaii coach Laura Beeman, a former USC assistant coach, will be interested.
Someone should check out Cincinnati coach Michelle Clark-Heard, since Bohn already knows her.