Quincy Watts, an assistant coach at USC and 1992 gold medalist in the 400 meters, was named track coach at USC today.
This was always the logical move. Watts, a former Trojan athlete, was an assistant for eight seasons and the natural successor to Caryl Smith Gilbert. He’s also more of a people person and should be more inclusive when it comes to the track alumni.
And Mike Bohn probably saves money too after playing hardball with Smith Gilbert.
“His impact on both our men’s and women’s programs over the past eight years has been significant,” Bohn said in a statement. “Consistent with our vision to be the most student-athlete centered program in the country, engaging our student-athletes is an important part of every coaching search process, and I am so impressed with the overwhelming support Quincy has from our current team.
“He is also highly respected by our former student-athletes and the national track and field community.”
Said Watts: “Today is the beginning of a moment I have dreamed about for years. The first person I thought about today was my father. I looked at a lot of schools when I was being recruited in high school, but when I chose USC, my father jumped up and down. He told me that USC was always his favorite school, but he wanted the decision to be solely mine. So, on this day, I thank God for this wonderful opportunity and know that my father is looking down upon me with a smile on his face.”