Mark Trakh and Beth Burns have been friends since 1981. And now the former USC and Pepperdine coach will take a spot next to Burns on the bench at San Diego State. Trakh said Wednesday evening that he’s accepted the associate head coach position at SDSU to “learn as much as I can.” “Beth and I started talking a couple of weeks ago and it just worked out,” Trakh said. “I’m heading down there. She’s a great coach and a good person and she’s someone I’m really comfortable with.”
Trakh left USC at the end of the 2009 season after leading the Women of Troy to a 95-64 record and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He chooses not to discuss why he left, though he coached to the end of his contract before engaging in discussions with administration about whether he would stay.
The Women of Troy had a litany of costly injuries during his tenure and never got a full chance to make good on Trakh’s considerable recruiting abilities.
Trakh has applied for a couple of jobs he didn’t get (Hawaii and USF) and chose not to put his hat into the ring for the Oregon State job.
He said he spent the last year attending practices and taking some time off.
“It watched a lot of people work. I wanted to absorb what I could and prepare myself in case an opportunity did come up,” Trakh said.
It would not be a surprise if Trakh gets another shot at a head coaching job. He is keeping himself visible at San Diego State working under Burns. And he’s working with a program coming off a Sweet 16 appearance.
“San Diego is a great place to live,” Trakh said.
And work – at least for a while.