USC Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of Title IX
June 23, 2012
Forty years ago today, the landscape of collegiate athletics expanded into new and exciting territory, as the door opened wide for female athletes across the nation.
Soon after the introduction of Title IX -- on June 23, 1972 -- Barbara Hedges began her 18-year tenure as a USC athletics administrator, and the school's athletic history began to be highlighted by new faces as Trojan female stars began to shine.
Barbara Hallquist was the first Trojan female student-athlete to receive an athletic scholarship, and the path she started was eventually followed by hundreds, then thousands, of Women of Troy.
From that landmark day in 1972 until now, the USC women's athletics history has deepened. The Women of Troy have accumulated 64 individual NCAA titles. USC women's teams have hauled in 23 national championships. Fourteen Women of Troy have won Honda Awards as the top female athlete in their sport, among them names that stand out to sports fans around the world -- Cheryl Miller, April Ross, Angela Williams, Lisa Leslie.
And with the athletic opportunities that were extended to female student-athletes, so came the chance for academic greatness. Ten Women of Troy have won NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, and three have been named First Team Academic All-Americans, including volleyball's two-time honoree Katie Haller and back-to-back NCAA champion Emily Adams.
Today, USC fields 12 women's teams, including its newest members, lacrosse and sand volleyball. Those teams have joined one of the most decorated group of women's collegiate teams in the nation. Eight USC women's teams -- basketball, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball and water polo -- have won at least one national championship. Three of those squads -- basketball, tennis and volleyball -- have managed back-to-back national titles, led by volleyball's set of three separate back-to-back crowns.
In honor of Title IX and the thousands of Women of Troy who have been a part of USC's rich athletic history, take a look at the powerful national champions, All-Americans and Olympians who have come from Troy....
WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONS (23):
Basketball (2) 1983, 1984
Golf (2) 2003, 2008
Soccer (1) 2007
Swimming and Diving (1) 1997
Tennis (7) 1977 (AIAW), 1977 (USTA), 1978 (USTA), 1979 (AIAW), 1980 (AIAW), 1983, 1985
Track and Field (1) 2001
Volleyball (6) 1976 (AIAW), 1977 (AIAW), 1980 (AIAW), 1981, 2002, 2003
Water Polo (3) 1999 (NCWWP), 2004, 2010