Dee Dee Trotter
Olympic medalist DeeDee Trotter begins her third season as a volunteer assistant coach in the sprints for the Trojans.
"DeeDee as a volunteer coach has experience that is almost unmatched by any coach in the country," said Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "She has been at the highest level competitively and academically and has done it more than once. It says a lot about a person's character as coaches and athletes to be able to make more than one Olympic or World Championship team. This undoubtably is one of the best staffs in the country and we feel we have covered all avenues to make the experience special for the USC student-athletes."
Trotter is one of USA's top 400m runners, winning a bronze medal with a time of 49.72 at the 2012 London Olympics. She also has won Olympic gold twice as part of USA's 4x400m relay team (2004, 2012). Trotter won the USA Outdoor 400m title in 2007 and was the runner-up in 2005, 2006 and 2012.
Trotter ran collegiately at Tennessee where she was the NCAA 400m champion in 2004 and runner-up in 2003. She holds the Tennessee record with a time of 50.00. Trotter is the founder of "Test Me I'm Clean," a charity that focuses on fighting the abuse of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. While at Tennessee she majored in Sociology.
Trotter was born in Twentynine Palms, Calif.