Women's Basketball Coach Mark Trakh Names Assistants

May 10, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Jody Wynn, Derek Wynn and Kai Felton have been named assistant coaches for the USC women's basketball team, new head coach Mark Trakh announced on Monday, May 10.

The trio coached with Trakh at Pepperdine last season.

'I could not ask for a better group of people to work with,' said Trakh. 'They have proven to be fantastic recruiters, as well as great coaches. I know we will be able to accomplish great things in the upcoming seasons.'

Jody Wynn is no stranger to USC basketball, as she was a standout shooting guard for the Women of Troy from 1993-96, while playing under her maiden name of Jody Anton. She spent the last eight seasons (1997-2004) as Trakh's top assistant in Malibu. With Trakh, she helped lead Pepperdine to a combined 160-82 (.661) record and three NCAA Tournament appearances. As a player, she led USC to a Pac-10 championship in 1994 and three-consecutive NCAA appearances. She also prepped under Trakh at Brea (Calif.) Olinda High and led her prep teams to three state titles. She earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from USC in 1996 and attained a master's in education from Pepperdine in 2000.

Derek Wynn, who married Jody in the spring of 2000, joined the Pepperdine coaching staff prior to the start of the 2000 season after enjoying six successful years (1994-99) as the boys varsity assistant coach at Upland (Calif.) High. He helped lead the Highlanders to five-straight CIF Southern Section playoff berths, and his 1996 and 1997 teams captured the Baseline League championship. Derek earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 1996 and a master's and teaching credential from Azusa Pacific in 1999.

Felton spent one year (2004) as an assistant coach at Pepperdine. She was hired by Trakh as the third assistant after having served as a volunteer coach at Cal Poly Pomona in 2003. Her experience also includes two years (2001-02) as a graduate assistant at Springfield (Mass.) College. As a player, she was a standout guard at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Va., where she earned her bachelor's degree in biology in 2000. She went on to earn her master's in physical education and athletic administration from Springfield in 2002.

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