Ervin Monier enters his first season at USC as the Trojans' associate head coach and is at the helm of the USC program while Michael Cooper finishes out the WNBA season as the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks.
Monier comes to Troy after five seasons (2004-09) as the associate head coach at Rhode Island, where he also served as the recruiting coordinator. Before that, he was an assistant for Dawn Staley for four seasons (2001-04) at Temple, helping the Owls to a pair of Atlantic 10 titles and three postseason berths. At Temple, he recruited a pair of WNBA first-round picks (Candice Dupree and Kamesha Hairston).
Monier began his coaching career as an assistant at Hawthorne (Calif.) High for six years (1986-91), then moved to Los Angeles Southwest College for five years (1992-96). He became an assistant at Washington Prep High in Los Angeles in 1999, then at Chadwick High on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 2000. He also taught at the middle school and high school levels in the Los Angeles Unified School District during that time.
Monier played at St. Martin DePorres High in Detroit, Mich., and went on to play at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and St. Mary's in San Antonio, Tex., where he earned a bachelor's degree in English in 1985. He played and coached in the NBA-sponsored Los Angeles Summer League from 1989 to 1995. He is single.
"I'm excited to get back to the West Coast and help USC restore its tradition of successful women's basketball," said Monier. "I've been fortunate to work with some great coaches like Dawn Staley and Tom Garrick. Now, I get a similar opportunity to join with Michael Cooper."