Lead Gift Establishes Head Soccer Coach Endowment|
Aug. 31, 2011
In 2011, USC Athletics received a generous commitment from members of the Trojan Family to establish the Mehdi Khosroshahin Head Soccer Coach Endowment. Much like endowed professorships in academic departments, when fully funded, this endowment will provide for the salary of USC's Head Soccer Coach in perpetuity.
This gift marks the first-ever gift of endowment to USC Soccer and launches the $14,000,000 campaign to endow each of the 14 scholarships offered to soccer student-athletes. Speaking to the importance of the gift for USC Athletics, Athletic Director Pat Haden said, "This generous gift of endowment is particularly significant to our Soccer program as it marks the first gift of its kind to this sport. This endowment will go a long way in helping ensuring the success of Trojan Soccer for years to come."
Mehdi Khosroshahin is the father of current USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin, the first and only coach in the Pac-12 to win a women's soccer national championship.
A native of Iran, the elder Khosroshahin's dedication to academics brought his family to the United States in the 1970s, as he earned a master's and later his doctorate at Utah State. His continuing efforts to support his family carried the Khosroshahins to California, where he would eventually see both his children earn college degrees and the family passion for soccer would be stoked ever higher.
"My dad got me here, and now he's our number one fan," said Ali Khosroshahin, who was 6 years old when his family moved from Iran to the United States. "For me, this really honors my father's dedication to education and the sacrifices he made personally to give his children a better life. It's a testament to what a vital part education has played in my family's struggle to stay and be a part of this great country.
"My dad was instrumental in giving me the work ethic where you do whatever you can do for your family. That's the kind of lesson that we try to teach our players. For me to be working at an institution like USC -- one of the most prestigious universities in the nation -- and for our family to be a part of the history of this institution is extremely humbling and makes me so proud."