I thought the Aggies did good by hiring Mark Trakh to be their new women’s basketball coach.
Trakh has been in the head-coaching business for 16 years, at Pepperdine from 1993-2004 and USC from 2004-09. He has a 289-187 career record and has been to postseason play eight times — five of which were NCAA appearances.
The point is that Trakh understands how to win as a head coach. I thought NMSU would go the assistant-coach route with little experience, a rookie in a sense. I have nothing against that, but it’s also nice to have someone in that position that has been through the wars.
Perhaps Trakh is suited for a mid-major program like NMSU and he’s had success at one before as well.
Trakh has recruiting ties in California.
The one question I have about Trakh are his assistant coaches. For a number of years he leaned on ace assistants Jody Wynn and Derek Wynn, a husband-wife combination that are now at Long Beach State, with Jody as the 49ers head coach and Derek as an assistant.
Trakh will need to find adequate people for those jobs. If anyone is wondering, the Aggies will have three assistant coaches on staff, with the top making between $60-$70,000 and the next two making between $30-$40,000.
Trakh will make $135,000 annually for five years, with bonuses and incentives to be determined.