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Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Just Getting USC Started

Although it is still early in Cynthia Cooper-Dyke‘s coaching career, she is quickly leading the USC women’s program in the right direction.  Cooper has newly hired Beth Burns & Taja Edwards to her coaching staff.  Burns is a former back to back Mountain West Conference coach of the year (2012-13) from her tenure at San Diego State.  She also is the winningest coach in Aztec history and brings over 20 years of experience to the defending Pac 12 champion Trojans.

Taja Edwards is a young, vibrant assistant coach who seems to have a bright future in coaching.  She brings a winning attitude to the program from her days at Fresno State, where she played in 4 consecutive tournament appearances.  She should provide lots of energy and enthusiasm to the Trojans as well as be a staple in recruiting perhaps.  Edwards & Burns will replace assistants Brandy Manning and Evan Unrau, whom assisted Cooper-Dyke in winning USC their first Pac 12 title as well as their first NCAA Tournament bid in 8 years.

After a huge run and upset on then number 6 in the nation Stanford in the conference semis, the Trojans are taking steps in the right direction.  The last coach to bring the Trojans to any type of glory outside of Mark Trakh was Michael Cooper, and that was only the NIT Finals.  With a legendary coach along the sidelines with Cooper-Dyke and a youthful, energetic mind like Edwards, Cooper-Dyke has the potential to be the next great NCAA women’s coach.

Thus far, Cooper-Dyke has the best record inside of the Galen Center. Losing only 4 seniors and with returning starter Ariya Crook, USC’s second-leading scorer, as well as Alexyz Vaioletama, are expected to lead the Lady Trojans to continue to be on the rise.  The Trojans also have a bright future in the wings in the grooming of Jordan Adams,  Destinie Gibbs, and All-Freshman team honoree Courtney Jaco.  Cooper also struck gold with the swaying of McKenzie Calvert, a three star recruit and top 20 player, to de-commit from Baylor and sign with USC.

Under the radar, Cynthia Cooper-Dykes is reloading from her first year of success for the USC Lady Trojans.  The talent is robust in the women’s locker room.  And, the USC women’s team very well may have a dynasty in the making on the court, as well a legend in the making on the sidelines.


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