Mark Trakh Named Women's Basketball Head Coach

April 14, 2004

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LOS ANGELES - Mark Trakh, who in his 11 years as the head women's basketball coach at Pepperdine guided his team into postseason play each of the past six seasons and won four conference titles, has been named head coach at USC, Trojan athletic director Mike Garrett announced today (April 14).

Trakh, 48, was hired following a comprehensive national search conducted by USC senior associate athletic directors Lisa Love and Daryl Gross. He replaces Chris Gobrecht-, who was relieved of her duties last month after seven years at USC.

'Mark was a finalist for this job seven years ago and since then he has continued to prove why he deserves this position at USC,' said Garrett. 'His basketball knowledge is unmatched, as evidenced by the success he's had throughout his career. We were very impressed with his Pepperdine teams' success both on the court and in the classroom. He will fit in perfectly with our current staff of outstanding head coaches.'

'I am very grateful for the opportunity that Mike Garrett, Lisa Love and Daryl Gross have given me,' said Trakh, who signed a multi-year contract with USC. 'USC is a wonderful institution and I am honored to be a part of it. We will work very hard to make USC basketball one of the top teams in the country once again.'

In 11 seasons (1994-2004) as Pepperdine's head coach, Trakh built a nationally recognized program that made six postseason appearances (2000-02-03 NCAA, 1999-2001-04 WNIT) and dominated play in the West Coast Conference, winning four of the last six league titles. His record at Pepperdine was 199-123 (.618), including 99-55 (.643) in the WCC. He was twice named WCC Coach of the Year (1999, 2002). Under his leadership, Pepperdine posted six 20-win seasons. He coached two WCC Players of the Year, Rasheeda Clark (2000) and Tamara McDonald (2002). Clark became Pepperdine's first WNBA player.

Over the last seven seasons, Pepperdine had an overall record of 145-69 (.678), including a 76-22 (.776) mark in WCC play. Pepperdine's conference winning percentage during that time topped all member schools. In those seven years, the Waves captured three regular-season titles outright while tying for another and also finished second twice and third once. In each of those seven campaigns, Pepperdine tallied at least 10 conference victories, including a school-record 12 wins in 2000 and 2003.

His 2004 squad finished 17-13 overall, tied for second in the WCC at 10-4 and advanced to the Women's NIT. The Waves' 2003 NCAA Tournament team won 14 of its last 17 games to reach the 20-win plateau for the sixth consecutive season, becoming the first team in WCC history to accomplish the feat.

The 2000 campaign was a season of firsts for the program as Pepperdine won its first-ever outright WCC title and made its initial NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition to winning a school-record 12 conference games, the Waves reached the championship game of the WCC Tournament for the second straight year.

Trakh came to Pepperdine after serving as the head girls' basketball coach at Brea (Calif.) Olinda High for 13 seasons (1981-93). During his tenure, the Ladycats emerged as a nationally-prominent program, compiling a cumulative record of 354-45 (.887) and earning annual rankings from USA Today. His teams captured four California state championships (1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993), six CIF Southern Section titles (1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993) and 11 consecutive Orange League crowns. Brea Olinda High did not lose more than two games during any of Trakh's final five seasons, rolling to an amazing record of 161-8 (.953). Several of his players enjoyed successful collegiate careers, including ex-USC standout Jody Anton.

Trakh is a member of the City of Brea Hall of Fame and the Southern California High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

A 1981 graduate of Long Beach State with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a teaching credential, Trakh also taught English at Brea Olinda. He also attended Fairleigh Dickinson and Fullerton Community College before transferring to LBSU.

He served as assistant boys' varsity basketball coach at Western High in Anaheim, Calif.

Trakh prepped at Lakeland Regional High in Wanque, N.J., where he played both baseball and basketball.

Trakh's Career Coaching Profile

Overall Conf. Conf. FinalYear Team/School W-L W-L Finish Rank Postseason2003-04 Pepperdine 17-13 10-4 t2nd - WNIT First Round2002-03 Pepperdine 22-8 12-2 1st - NCAA First Round2001-02 Pepperdine 23-8 11-3 1st - NCAA First Round2000-01 Pepperdine 20-11 10-4 t3rd - WNIT First Round1999-00 Pepperdine 21-10 12-2 1st - NCAA First Round1998-99 Pepperdine 21-9 11-3 t1st - WNIT 1st Round1997-98 Pepperdine 21-10 10-4 2nd - -1996-97 Pepperdine 15-13 6-8 5th - -1995-96 Pepperdine 15-13 7-7 t4th - -1994-95 Pepperdine 10-16 4-10 t6th - -1993-94 Pepperdine 14-12 6-8 t5th - -

Total Overall / Conference Record at Pepperdine: 199-123 (.618) / 99-55 (.643)

1981-93 Brea Olinda HS 354-45 - - - 4 California State Champ. 6 CIF Southern Section titles 11 league titles

Total Career Head Coaching Record: 553-168 (.767)

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