Cynthia Cooper-Dyke resigns as USC women’s basketball coach

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke directs her USC team against California in the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle on March 2.
(Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has resigned after four years coaching basketball at USC, her alma mater.

She had a 70-56 record, including 14-16 this season. Cooper-Dyke left on Friday, a day after the Trojans lost to California. 71-58, in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle. They were 5-13 in league play, finishing tied for ninth.

Cooper-Dyke said in a statement that “what is best right now is that I step aside.” She gave no other explanation.

USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann also didn’t elaborate, saying only that Cooper-Dyke “is a great Trojan.”


Hired in 2014, Cooper-Dyke guided the Trojans to the Pac-12 tournament title and an NCAA tournament berth while going 22-13. Her team was 15-15 in 2015 and 19-13 last season.

As a player, she helped the Trojans win two NCAA championships. She went on to win an Olympic gold medal and four WNBA titles with the Houston Comets.

Cooper-Dyke previously coached the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and had college stints at Prairie View A&M, North Carolina-Wilmington and Texas Southern.