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    Michael Cooper
    Michael Cooper

    Position:
    Head Coach

    Experience:
    4th season

    Career record at USC:
    61-37 (.622)

    03/13/2013

    USC Women's Basketball Coach Michael Cooper Resigns

    The Women of Troy went 11-20 in 2012-13 and finished seventh in the Pac-12.

    03/05/2013

    USC Women Seeded No. 7 For 2013 Pac-12 Tournament

    Trojans take a two-win streak into Seattle for action at the Pac-12 Tournament; Open Thursday vs. OSU

    02/26/2013

    USC Women Wrap Regular Season In The Desert

    Trojans look to end Pac-12 regular-season play on a winning note at Arizona and ASU.

    02/21/2013

    USC Women Seek Revenge In Westwood on Sunday

    Trojans look to avenge Tuesday's home loss with a rematch against No. 17 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.

    02/19/2013

    USC Falls in 68-54 Decision to UCLA

    The Trojans look ahead to Sunday's rematch with the Bruins

    01/17/2013

    Women's Basketball vs. Cal

    USC fell to No. 7 Cal , 71-63, in OT

    Michael Cooper has starred on the court as a legendary player and on the sidelines as a highly successful coach, as he now enters his fourth season as the head coach of the USC women's basketball program. His career collegiate coaching record stands at 61-37 (.622) overall after his first three seasons at Troy.

    Cooper took over the USC program in 2009 after finishing his eighth season as head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, where he guided the WNBA team to five Western Conference championships. Cooper replaced Mark Trakh, who resigned as head coach after five seasons at USC. In 2009, Cooper became the eighth head coach for the Women of Troy since 1976.

    "I'm very honored to have this opportunity to coach at a great university with such a rich tradition in women's basketball," Cooper said upon his hiring. "My philosophy has always been about winning championships, and at USC we want to do that as well as graduate our players and make sure they enjoy their basketball experience. I'm looking forward to working in a collegiate atmosphere and all that comes with it."

    In Cooper's first season at USC, the Trojans turned heads with several wins over ranked teams, finishing third in the Pac-10 and holding a 19-12 overall record. With Cooper's guidance, the Women of Troy set several new program records in that 2009-10 season, posting USC's best-ever free-throw percentage (.725) while tallying the fewest turnovers (462) and fewest fouls (484) committed in Trojan history.

    In his second season, Cooper guided the Trojans through a successful postseason that saw USC make a run to the WNIT title match. The 2011 Women of Troy finished the year with a 24-13 overall record after a 10-8 mark in Pac-10 play. The 24 wins was the most by a USC team since 1993-94, and USC's 18 road games in the season the Trojans set another program record.

    Last year's Trojans played a grueling nonconference schedule, finishing 18-12 overall and placing third in the Pac-12 at 12-6 before coming up short of a 2012 postseason bid.

    Cooper came to USC after spending eight seasons (2000-04, 2007-09) as the head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. With the Sparks, Cooper compiled a 178-88 (.669) regular-season record, plus 26-16 (.619) in the postseason. He won five Western Conference titles and guided the Sparks into the WNBA playoffs seven times, winning the WNBA Championship in 2001 and 2002 (and finishing as runner-up in 2003). He was the 2000 WNBA Coach of the Year in his debut season.

    Cooper served as a special assistant to Lakers general manager Jerry West for three years before joining the Lakers coaching staff for four seasons (1994-1997). He returned to the NBA in 2005 as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets, including a stint as interim head coach. He then became the head coach of the NBA Development League's Albuquerque Thunderbirds for two seasons (2006-07), winning the NBA D-League Championship in 2006 and posting a 50-48 (.510) regular-season record.

    Cooper had a 12-year (1979-90) playing career with the "Showtime" Lakers and was a member of five NBA Championship teams (1980-82-85-87-88). Known for his defensive prowess, he made the NBA All-Defensive Team eight times and was the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 1987. He finished ranked in the Lakers' Top 10 in 3-point field goals (428), games played (873), minutes played (23,635), steals (1,033), blocked shots (523), assists (3,666), defensive rebounds (2,028) and free-throw percentage (.833). He played professionally in Italy in 1991 with Pallacanestro Virtus Roma.

    He attended Pasadena (Calif.) High and then Pasadena City College before starring at New Mexico, where he made the All-Western Athletic Conference first team as a senior in 1978. He was selected to the Lobo Hall of Honor in 1992.

    Active in the community, he was presented with the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1986 by the Pro Basketball Writer's Association and the Commitment to Excellence Award during the 2007 Los Angeles Sports Fans Choice Awards.

    Born April 15, 1956, Cooper has four children: Michael II, 30, Simone, 26, Miles, 21, and Nils, 6.