USC women's basketball coach Mark Trakh retires

4/21/2021 6:46:25 PM EST

USC women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh, 65, announced his retirement Wednesday following four seasons as the Trojans' coach, his second go-round as head coach at the school.

"I want to thank Mark for his steadying leadership during a difficult time," USC athletic director Mike Bohn said. "The future of our women's basketball program is very promising, and we are committed to providing the necessary resources to restore the illustrious tradition of excellence of the Women of Troy."

Trakh, 155-114 at USC, is second behind only Linda Sharp in career victories for the Trojans.

"This is a perfect time for a transition in the Trojan basketball program," Trakh said. "I can't imagine a more optimal time for all of us to embrace a fresh start."

USC was 11-12 overall, 8-10 in conference play during the 2021 season, with four games canceled because of COVID-19 issues.

Trakh ended his first stint at USC (2005-09), during which he posted a 90-64 mark, by resigning for personal reasons.

He was 65-50 the past four seasons.

In his 26 years as a college head coach, including Pepperdine (1994-2004) and New Mexico (2012-17), he went 458-317.

--Field Level Media

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