Basketball

Trakh retires as women’s basketball head coach

Trakh spent four years in his most recent stint as USC’s head coach.

USC women’s basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced his retirement on Wednesday after four years at the helm for the Women of Troy.

Trakh is the second-winningest coach in USC women’s basketball history. He trails only Linda Sharp in all-time winning percentage, with a record of 155-114.

“This is a perfect time for a transition in the [women’s] Trojan basketball program,” Trakh said in a statement. “I can’t imagine a more optimal time for all of us to embrace a fresh start.”

This wasn’t Trakh’s first tenure at USC. He initially coached from 2004-09, leading the Trojans to two NCAA Tournament appearances.

His record during his first tenure was 90-64 and 65-50 during his second.

Trakh also coached 11 years at Pepperdine and six seasons at New Mexico. Throughout his 26 years as a coach at the collegiate level, Trakh seemed comfortable ending his career with the Trojans.

“I am incredibly proud of my accomplishments on and off the court knowing that the program is in a great place,” Trakh said. “I would also like to thank all the wonderful student-athletes that I had the pleasure to coach. I have no doubt that they will have great success in the future. Fight On.”

Trakh expressed gratitude for several Athletic Department personnel including Athletic Director Mike Bohn. Bohn returned the favor while also providing optimism on the future of the Women of Troy hoops squad.

“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,” Bohn said. “We will immediately commence a thorough national search for the next leader of our women’s basketball program.”