The Women of Troy have an exciting nonconference slate ahead for 2014.
Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has rounded out her staff for 2014-15.
Taja Edwards enters her first season as an assistant coach at USC. A local product, she hails from Carson, Calif., as she now comes to USC after serving a season as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton. She played collegiately at Fresno State, where she helped the Bulldogs win four Western Athletic Conference championships and made four trips to the NCAA Tournament. Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2010, she finished her bachelor's degree in communications in 2011 at Fresno State.
She spent a year as the video coordinator for Cal Sparks in Los Angeles and was the director of operations for Cal Sparks Extreme in Fresno before making her collegiate coaching debut as an assistant at Ole Miss for the 2012-13 season. She attended Long Beach Poly High School, where she was a McDonald's All-American candidate and won back-to-back state championships.
"Taja is a bright, young coach who I really believe has a great future," Cooper-Dyke said of Edwards. "She has NCAA Tournament experience as a player, so she knows what it takes to succeed as a student-athlete on the court and in the classroom."