USC has a long tradition of athletic excellence. Trojan men have won more individual NCAA titles than those from any other U.S. university, and two Trojan women have won the Honda-Broderick Cup honoring the top female collegiate athlete of the year. Since 1904, almost 400 Trojan athletes have competed in the Olympic Games, taking home 122 gold medals.
Committed to the growth of well-rounded world citizens, USC nurtures scholar-athletes to succeed academically as well as athletically. Trojan athletes are First Team All-Americans, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes, Rhodes Scholars, and USC valedictorians. The Trojan family also includes entertainer-athletes such as legendary actor John Wayne, who played tackle in the 1925–26 season under his real name, Marion Morrison; and 1956–59 tackle Mike Henry, who played for the Trojans, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the L.A. Rams before playing Tarzan on the silver screen.
Since 1971, Heritage Hall has been home to the USC Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The facility houses administrative and coaches’ offices, an auditorium and formal lounge, the Jess Hill Weight Room, the McAlister Academic Resource Center, and testaments of Trojan victories such as NCAA championship and Heisman trophies and the jerseys of famous Trojans including O. J. Simpson, Charles White and Reggie Bush.
The capacious 10,258-seat Galen Center, completed in August 2006, is home to the Trojan basketball and volleyball teams, a state-of-the-art weight room, and various cultural and community events.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The home stadium for USC Trojan Football, the Coliseum was commissioned as a memorial to World War I veterans and opened in 1923 with a USC/Pomona football game. (The Trojans won.)
The natural-grass Deadeaux Field opened in 1974, the year USC won its fifth consecutive national championship. One of the nation’s finest collegiate baseball structures, the field is named after Rod Dedeaux, USC baseball coach from 1942 to 1986. In addition to hosting numerous NCAA tournaments, Dedeaux Field has been featured in films such as A League of Their Own and For Love of the Game.
Howard Jones Field
Howard Jones Field is the official practice field of the Trojan football team.
McDonald’s Swim Stadium
Home to the USC swimming, diving, and water-polo teams, the open-air McDonald’s Swim Stadium was built for the 1984 Olympic swimming and diving competitions. The stadium hosts the annual Janet Evans Invitational, named for Olympic champion and USC alumnus Janet Evans, as well as the “Swim With Mike” annual fundraiser to help physically challenged athletes. The facility features a state-of-the-art scoreboard and movable bulkheads that absorb waves at each end of the pool. Lockers and coaches’ offices are housed in the Kennedy Aquatics Center.
David X. Marks Tennis Stadium
The 1,000-seat Marks Tennis Stadium has five oversized hard courts and an LED interactive scoreboard.
Katherine B. Loker Stadium
Opened in 2001, this 3,000-seat stadium includes Cromwell Track and Field, which was used as a training and warm-up facility during the 1984 Olympic Games.
McAlister Soccer Field
A dedicated field for the USC women’s soccer team, McAlister Soccer Field opened in 1998.
Primarily a student recreation center, the Lyon Center features cardiovascular, weight, and stretching rooms; facilities for basketball, badminton, volleyball, racquetball, and squash; a climbing wall; Ping-Pong tables; a group exercise studio; a sauna and Jacuzzi; a pro shop for equipment rentals and sales; and locker rooms. The center has also hosted some Trojan intercollegiate events. Discounted memberships are available to USC alumni, and visitors can purchase a day pass to use the facilities.
Physical Education Building
The Physical Education Building houses basketball and volleyball gyms, men’s and women’s locker rooms, dance rooms, three multipurpose courts for racquetball and handball, an indoor swimming pool, and offices for departments including physical education, exercise science and ROTC, as well as LAS business offices.