Michael Cooper Inducted Into California Community College Sports Hall of Fame

April 5, 2010

USC women's basketball head coach Michael Cooper was recently honored with an induction to the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame. The Commission on Athletics (COA) and California Community College Athletic Association announced the honor granted to Cooper and three other new members at the 13th Annual COA/CCCAA Convention in Ontario, CA.

Michael Cooper played basketball for two years at Pasadena City College before going on to All-America honors at New Mexico and then to an illustrious 12-year career with the Los Angeles 'Showtime' Lakers. He then moved into the coaching realm, serving as head coach for the LA Sparks for eight seasons before taking over the helm for the USC women in 2009. In his first season at Troy, Cooper guided the Trojans to a 19-12 overall record and a 12-6 Pac-10 finish, which was USC's best conference mark since 2004-05.

Cooper's fellow California Community College Sports Hall of Fame 2010 honorees are former Santa Barbara City College Athletic Director Bob Dinaberg, former Cuesta College Athletic Director Warren Hansen and former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, who hails from Compton College.

The COA Sports Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed in California community college athletics. Founded in 1984, the Hall of Fame has sought to recognize those who have made the most of their experiences as California community college student athletes, coaches and administrators, maximizing their own potential to better themselves and those with whom they come into contact. The four new inductees will join 91 previous inductees in the Hall, which features some of the most recognizable names in amateur and professional sports. To view the Hall of Fame page complete with past nominees and bios follow this link: http://www.coasports.org/history-hof.asp

COOPER AT PASADENA CITY COLLEGE

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