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Mark Trakh Named NM State Head Women's Basketball Coach | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Mark Trakh Named NM State Head Women's Basketball Coach

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Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State athletic director Dr. McKinley Boston announced the hiring of Mark Trakh as the new head coach of the Aggie women's basketball program on Friday.

Trakh (pronounced TRACK), 55, becomes the 10th head coach in NM State history and has nearly 30 years of head coaching experience, including 16 at the NCAA Division I level at both Southern California and Pepperdine.

"I'm very excited that Coach Mark Trakh has accepted the offer to be our next women's basketball coach," Boston said. "His credentials are exactly what I was looking for when I started this search and to have someone that has been successful at a mid-major like Pepperdine, while understanding our goal of being one of the best mid-majors in the country was big key. With his success at USC, I felt that he was the right person to lead this team into the future."

Trakh served as the head coach at USC from 2004-09, where he compiled a 90-64 overall record. In his first two seasons, he guided the Women of Troy to their first NCAA appearances in seven years, as the team advanced to the second round in both 2005 and 2006. The Trojans finished in the top half of the Pac-10 all five years and were the conference tournament runner-up in 2009 and regular season runner-up in 2005.

"I'm just really thrilled and excited to be the head coach at New Mexico State," Trakh said. "I'm looking forward to the prospect of building a competitive program as one that challenges for titles in the WAC."

Trakh coached four all-Pac-10 performers at USC, including two-time first-team honoree Eshaya Murphy, who was later tabbed in the second round of the WNBA Draft in 2007. In all, his players made various all-Pac-10 teams 20 times and also excelled in the classroom, garnering a spot on the conference all-academic squad on 14 occasions.

On the recruiting trail, Trakh helped the Trojans sign four classes ranked in the top 12 nationally, including the No. 1 class in 2006, according to USA Today and All Star Girls Report. Trakh successfully recruited 10 Street & Smith All-Americans, seven McDonald's All-Americans, three Parade All-Americans and the 2006 National Player of the Year.

Before accepting the position at USC, Trakh had a highly successful 11-year tenure as head coach at Pepperdine from 1993-2004. Under his direction, the Waves posted six consecutive 20-win seasons from 1997-2003, made six straight postseason appearances and claimed four West Coast Conference titles. Trakh was twice named the league's coach of the year in both 1999 and 2002, and ended his tenure with a 199-123 overall record and a 99-55 mark in the WCC.

The Waves had two WCC Players of the Year in Rasheeda Clark (2000) and Tamara McDonald (2002), with Clark going on to become the school's first ever WNBA Draft pick. Trakh coached 10 first-team all-conference players at Pepperdine and his student-athletes posted an impressive 100 percent graduation rate during his stay in Malibu.

Before entering the collegiate ranks, Trakh had a Hall of Fame career as the head girls' coach at Brea Olinda High School in Brea, Calif., from 1981-93. He helped lead the Ladycats to national prominence with a 354-45 overall record, highlighted by four state titles (1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993), six CIF Southern Section championships and 12 Orange League Crowns. In his final five campaigns, Brea Olinda posted an amazing 161-8 record and did not lose more than two games in any single season.

Among his standouts at Brea Olinda were current Long Beach State head coach Jody (Anton) Wynn and current Hawai'i associate coach Da Houl. Trakh, a California State High School Coach of the Year, is a member of both the City of Brea Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the Southern California High School Basketball Coaches' Hall of Fame.

A 1981 graduate of Long Beach State, the Wanque, N.J., native earned his bachelor's degree in journalism and also has his teaching credential.

The Mark Trakh File

May 31, 1955

Wanque, N.J.

High School
Lakeland Regional High

Alma Mater
Long Beach State 1981

Coaching Career

University of Southern California (Head Coach)

Pepperdine University (Head Coach)

Brea Olinda High School (Head Coach)

Collegiate Coaching Honors/Accomplishments
- NCAA Second Round (2005, 2006)
- NCAA First Round (2000, 2002, 2003)
- WNIT (1999, 2001, 2004)
- WCC Champions (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
- WCC Coach of the Year (1999, 2002)