April 15, 2014

Edwards Accepts Position at USC

FULLERTON, Calif. – First-year assistant coach Taja Edwards has accepted a position with the University of Southern California women's basketball program, it was announced Tuesday.

Edwards joins USC women's basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's staff and will help the Trojans sustain their recent success after winning their first ever Pac-12 Tournament championship and make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006 last season.

"We're all excited for Taja as she leaves for this exciting new position in the Pac-12 Conference," said Cal State Fullerton women's basketball head coach Daron Park. "She will bring a lot of success to the program and during her time at Fullerton she was a vital part in building the process here."

Before her one season at Fullerton, Edwards, a Carson, Calif., native, spent the previous year as an assistant women's basketball coach at Ole Miss.


Prior to her time at Ole Miss, Edwards was a four-year letterwinner at Fresno State where she won four Western Athletic Conference titles and was a part of four NCAA Tournament appearances.

While at Fresno State, she also completed an internship with the external media relations department and served as a media escort at the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds.

Edwards is also the founder, coach and director of operations for the Cal Sparks Extreme, based in Fresno, Calif. It was founded in 2011 and serves as a non-profit organization geared towards helping young girls experience the love of playing basketball.

She also served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Vice President in 2010 and earned her bachelor's degree in communications in the spring of 2011.