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Caryl Smith Gilbert Named USC's Director of Track and Field

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Smith Gilbert3.jpgCaryl Smith Gilbert has been named the Director of Track and Field by USC Athletic Director Pat Haden. Smith Gilbert succeeds Ron Allice, who retired earlier this month.

Smith Gilbert was a six-time Conference USA Coach of the Year at the University of Central Florida. She recently led the women's team to a fifth place finish at both the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor and Indoor Championships.

"I know we can win championships at USC and we will be a powerhouse program for both men and women," Smith Gilbert said. "I am from the West Coast and I look forward to getting back there. The academic and athletic tradition at USC is unparalleled and I plan to continue the tradition of winning and add to the numerous national championships USC has already won."

During her career, Smith Gilbert has produced 4 NCAA individual champions and more than 50 conference titlists. She spent the past six seasons (2008-13) at University of Central Florida overseeing the women's track and cross country programs. She was previously an assistant at Tennessee, Alabama and Penn State.

"We are thrilled to have Caryl join the Trojan Family as our Director of Track and Field for our men's and women's programs," said Haden. "USC has a glorious track and field tradition and Caryl is the right person to build on that tradition. She is more than ready to take on this position."

Smith Gilbert is a 1991 graduate of UCLA and holds a bachelor's degree in film and television production. She also possess a master's degree in sports management and sports psychology from Tennessee. She is a 2006 USATF Level III Coaches Education Clinician.

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