It’s really true:
Los Angeles Sparks head coach and former Los Angeles Lakers great Michael Cooper has been named head coach of the USC women’s basketball team, effective at the completion of the Sparks’ 2009 season in late September/early October, USC athletic director Mike Garrett announced today (May 1).
Joining Cooper’s USC staff will be long-time collegiate and high school assistant Ervin Monier, who will oversee the Women of Troy program as associate head coach until Cooper’s arrival.
“We are absolutely thrilled to hire a coach of Michael Cooper’s caliber,” said USC athletic director Mike Garrett. “This is an exciting time for Women of Troy basketball. Between Michael’s coaching experience and his playing background, he brings so much to the table. He has coached and played at the highest level and with the greatest players in the world. He’ll be an excellent in-game coach, he’ll do a great job preparing his teams and he’ll wow the recruits. And I’ll say this: we’ll be a strong team defensively.
Just out of sheer curiosity, I’ll have to attend a few more SC games next year. This will be interesting.
This site says Cooper will leave the Sparks after this season:
Can’t wait to hear from Kathy and Carla.