Trakh Brings Glover, Hughes And Alverson To Troy As Assistants|
April 26, 2017
Newly appointed USC women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh has solidified his coaching staff in bringing former assistants Jason Glover, Aarika Hughes and Blanche Alverson to Troy. All three coaches worked under Trakh while he was at the helm at New Mexico State, with a hand in the Aggies' series of runs to the NCAA Tournament.
"This is a very strong group," Trakh said of Glover, Hughes and Alverson. "We have experience and youth, Xs and Os and great player development. We all work together really well and have a great synergy. We're like family, and we have a lot of respect for each other."
Jason Glover served as Trakh's associate head coach last season at New Mexico State and has coached at almost every level of the basketball world. Prior to his time with the Aggies, where he helped the team to a third consecutive NCAA appearance, Glover spent three seasons as associate head coach at Utah Valley. There, the Wolverines doubled their win count from Glover's first year to his third. He also boasts significant experience in the pro ranks. He was an associate head coach for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, working with such stars as Candice Wiggins, Skylar Diggins and Courtney Paris, for two seasons (2012 and 2013). He also spent 2010-11 as a player development coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he worked with Kevin Love, Kosta Kouros, Anthony Tolliver and Sebastian Telfair, among other pro stars. He logged several seasons in the D-League as director of operations, associate head coach and head coach of the Reno Bighorns.
"Jason has so much experience across the board, he really knows how to get players to the next level," Trakh said of Glover, who will serve as his associate head coach at USC. "He's worked with NBA and WNBA stars, and in his year with me at New Mexico State he was instrumental in getting Moriah Mack connected as a player in the WNBA. He has great experience, knows the game and is excellent at player development."
Aarika Hughes was a player for Trakh when he first served as head coach at USC from 2005-09. A 2010 graduate of USC, Hughes went on to coach AAU teams in Oregon before joining Trakh's New Mexico State staff as an assistant. While working under Trakh with the Aggies, she was named one of the WBCA's Top Thirty Coaches Under 30. She was an assistant for Trakh at New Mexico State for five seasons -- helping the Aggies to back-to-back NCAA appearances -- before moving to New Mexico as an assistant for the 2016-17 season.
"Aarika is a Trojan, and I've been able to see her grow into a great coach," Trakh said of Hughes. "She is a fantastic recruiter with a fantastic personality, and she really knows her Xs and 0s. She is a great on-floor coach and players really love her. She has a very bright future ahead of her."
Blanche Alverson was a star player at Auburn before joining the coaching ranks. As a Tiger, she became just the fourth player at Auburn to hit 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks in her career. After a year as a pro in Spain, Alverson began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech, where she spent two seasons. In 2016, she joined Trakh as an assistant at New Mexico State, where she helped the Aggies to last season's undefeated conference record and on to another NCAA appearance.
"Blanche brings amazing playing experience and youth to the staff," Trakh said of Alverson. "She is experienced and a great recruiter who also stands out as a strong on-floor coach with Aarika. Blanche knows her Xs and 0s, too, so she fits in perfectly with Jason and Aarika to make this a really knowledgable group. This staff knows how to get the job done."