Gobrecht Receives Contract Extension

March 5, 2001

Los Angeles -- Fourth-year USC women's basketball coach Chris Gobrecht has received a five-year contract extension, Trojan athletic director Mike Garrett announced today.

The extension, which replaces the year remaining on Gobrecht's current contract, will run through the 2005-06 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

'It has been impressive to watch Chris methodically attend to the task of resurrecting a championship culture in our women's basketball program,' said USC Associate Athletic Director Lisa Love. 'She is equally committed to our student-athletes' growth both on and off the court. We are delighted that she will be with the program for many years to come.'

Said Gobrecht, who was a three-year starter for the Women of Troy in the mid-1970s: 'I don't believe it is possible for any coach to be supported more than I have been by Mike Garrett, Lisa Love and the entire USC athletic administration. My loyalties have always run deep here, but they run deeper as my passion to bring the program back to national prominence continues to grow. All of us connected with USC women's basketball are extremely confident that the best times are just around the corner.'

Gobrecht has managed to jump-start a Women of Troy program that was burdened with coaching turnovers before her arrival (four coaches in nine years). Last year, USC recorded its first winning record (16-14), posted its best Pac-10 finish (fifth) and received its first postseason invitation (WNIT) since Gobrecht's arrival in 1997-98.

Entering this season, Gobrecht and her coaching staff welcomed one of the nation's top recruiting classes, including the No. 1 post player in the country in Ebony Hoffman. The young 2001 USC squad is coming off a sweep at Stanford and Cal last week. The victories marked the first time the Trojans have defeated the Cardinal since 1994, the first time it won at Maples Pavilion since 1987 and its first sweep in the Bay Area since 1986.

Throughout 22 years of head coaching experience, Gobrecht has amassed a 377-267 (.585) career record with her programs at Cal State Fullerton (six years), Washington (11), Florida State (one) and USC, where she is currently 46-60. During her 11-year tenure at Washington, she was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1987 and 1988). Gobrecht remains the second-winningest coach in conference history with a 167-94 (.640) mark and ranks 37th among active Division I coaches with 377 career victories.

USC women's basketball has won two national championships in its history and has produced numerous All-Americans, Olympians and WNBA players (including Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson).

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