Lindsay Gottlieb Hires Wendale Farrow, Danyelle Grant As USC Women’s Basketball Assistant Coaches
USC head coach Lindsay Gottlieb has brought in a pair of Pac-12 coaching powers in newly hired assistant coaches Wendale Farrow and Danyelle Grant, who both land at Troy this week. Farrow joins the Trojan staff by way of California, with previous work at UCLA. Grant comes to USC from Utah, bringing even more Pac-12 perspective to the Trojan staff.
"In building an elite level program, you always have to begin with special, talented people," Gottlieb said. "I am thrilled that two of the best in our business have decided to join this journey with us at USC."
Wendale Farrow worked alongside Gottlieb for three seasons while she was at the helm at Cal. In all, Farrow has six years of assistant coaching experience — five with the Golden Bears and one at Vanderbilt. Prior to his rise to an assistant, Farrow garnered great experience in a variety of roles in two seasons at UCLA, where he worked under Cori Close with duties including video coordinator, community service liaison, scout team adviser, camp director and interim recruiting coach. At Cal, Farrow's focus was on the guards, with several Golden Bear guards earning All-Pac-12 awards during his tenure in Berkeley. Cal achieved three 20-win seasons and three NCAA Tournament appearances with Farrow on staff.
"I had the privilege of working with Dale for three years, and I saw firsthand the level of energy, preparation and care that he brings to a team each and everyday," Gottlieb said of Farrow. "He is passionate about basketball strategy and equally passionate about investing in the betterment of young people. He is a servant leader and will embody the type of excellence we are about in our USC women's basketball program."
A Sacramento, Calif., native, Farrow was a CoSIDA All-Academic District honoree while at Eastern Michigan, where he graduated in 2009. He served as a graduate manager there from 2010-12 and later worked as an academic mentor at Michigan while completing his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Student Affairs from EMU.
Danyelle Grant comes to Troy with six years experience at Utah, where she helped the Utes to three postseason appearances and its first 20-win season under head coach Lynne Roberts. With Grant's tutelage, the Utes also set a program record for 3-pointers made in a single season, and she helped develop Utah's point guards into some of the top assist providers in the conference. Prior to her time in Salt Lake City, Grant spent one season at TCU as video coordinator and a combined four seasons in an assistant coach role at Fresno State (2012-14) and Utah State (2010-12).
"I have long admired the work that Danyelle has done in our game, and I'm so excited to bring her talents back to her hometown of LA," Gottlieb said of Grant. "Danny has earned a reputation of a strong work ethic, integrity, exceptional relationships and basketball acumen with coaches and players across the basketball community. She is going to be a game changer for the future of Trojan women's basketball, and I'm so looking forward to working with her every day."
A 2009 Utah State grad, Grant (maiden name is Snelgro) was the school's first all-conference First Team honoree. She remains ranked third all-time in assists (336) and steals (216) at Utah State, and she's eighth all-time in career points (1,045). A native of Alta Dena, Calif., Grant also as a pro in Finland in 2009-10.
Gottlieb has one more coaching slot to fill as she sets up her USC staff for the coming 2021-22 campaign, which will mark her first season at the helm of the USC women's basketball program.