Two-time Olympian Martin Maric Named USC Track & Field Throws Coach
Two-time Olympian Martin Maric has been named the USC assistant track and field coach for the throws, it was announced by Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Quincy Watts today (Sept. 2).
Maric comes to USC after 10 seasons of leading the throws program at Virginia, where he had athletes earn 29 All-America honors, including four national champions. His athletes also earned 18 ACC throws titles during his tenure at Virginia.
In 2022 Maric was named the Southeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), his second time earning the honor. Among the highlights of the 2022 campaign was guiding Claudio Romero to the NCAA discus throw title. He also led Ethan Dabbs to the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships javelin throw title and to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
During the 2022 season, four of his athletes won ACC titles combined during the outdoor and indoor seasons. In all the Virginia throwers set four outdoor school records and two ACC records during the 2022 campaign. He also had an athlete set the Virginia men's indoor shot put record.
Maric's group was key in Virginia's program-best third-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships as his athletes scored in five events, totaling all 36 of the team's points. It was the most points scored by any throws groups since 2002.
Maric is the Croatian national record holder in the discus with a mark of 222-10 (67.92m) and he represented his home country in the discus at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Games in London. He finished 29th in 2008 before placing 17th in 2012. He was named Croatian Athlete of the Year for this effort in London.
He also represented Croatia at the 2011 World Championships in Dague, South Korea, and at the 2007 and 2009 World University Games.
Maric competed collegiately at California and was the NCAA champion in the discus in 2009, as well as an All-American in the discus in 2008 and the javelin in 2007.
Maric spent the springs of 2010 and 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Florida and served as an assistant coach at the ASK Split Athletic Club in his native Split, Croatia.
Maric graduated from California with a Bachelor's degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies in 2009. He then completed a Master's degree program in Exercise Physiology at Virginia in 2015.
Maric and his wife, Danielle, have a six-month old son, Elijah.
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