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Smith Gilbert leaves UCF to coach at USC

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013

Updated: Monday, June 17, 2013 14:06

Smith Gilbert

UCF Athletics

Caryl Smith Gilbert

UCF Athletics announced Monday that track & field head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert will be leaving UCF to accept the director of track & field position at Southern California.

“I set out on a mission to make this program a track & field superpower,” Smith Gilbert said in a release. “We were in the top five, both indoor and outdoor, this year. So I think the program is definitely headed in the right direction. I want to thank Todd Stansbury, Jessica Reo, Keith Tribble and so many others for the opportunity, the help and all the assistance they gave us to get us to this point. President Hitt is very supportive of the team and everybody at UCF embraced us. We made major strides in this program."

Smith Gilbert was the head of the team as it won its first individual NCAA championship, its highest finish at the indoor national championships and its highest finish at the outdoor championships.

Smith Gilbert first took over the program in 2008.

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