Steve Sarkisian was named USC’s head football coach Monday, ending speculation that interim head coach Ed Orgeron would be given the position after leading the team to a 6-2 record.
Sarkisian, who spent seven years as an assistant at the University of Southern California, has coached the Washington Huskies to a 34-29 record in the Pac-12 since 2009.
“We are delighted to welcome Steve Sarkisian back to the Trojan Family,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said Monday. “We conducted a very exhaustive and thorough search, pinpointing about 20 candidates and interviewing five of them. We kept coming back to Sark.”
Sarkisian thanked University of Washington athletic director Scott Woodward for giving him the opportunity five years ago to coach the Huskies.
“That said, I am extremely excited to be coming home to USC and for the opportunity that USC presents to win championships. I can’t wait to get started,” Sarkisian said.
Orgeron, who led USC to a 6-2 record after taking over for fired head coach Lane Kiffen in September, said he is leaving USC to pursue head coaching opportunities, USC announced in a news release Monday.
“I am grateful to the University of Southern California for the great time I had here,” Orgeron said. “I am especially proud of this year’s team and coaching staff, who had to start a new season and then bonded, played together as a family and competed like Trojans.”