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USC Announces New African American Athletic Director

Lynn Swann

Lynn Swann

LOS ANGELES, CA- Lynn Swann will become USC’s next athletic director, effective July 1, 2016, USC president C. L. Max Nikias recently announced. Swann is a legend in Trojan and NFL football, a highly regarded international media broadcaster, an extraordinarily effective leader, and a deeply committed civic figure.  The Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl X, Swann is already well known to the Trojan Family, as well as to individuals around the world.

Swann will replace Pat Haden, who in February announced he will retire as athletic director on June 30.

“To his new role, Lynn Swann will bring the heart and soul of a Trojan,” said Nikias. “He shares our profound dedication to combining academic excellence with athletic excellence.”

In his letter to the USC community, Nikias said he expects Swann to bring his experience, expertise, and sheer love for intercollegiate athletics to important national conversations and reforms, particularly through the university’s leadership in the Pac-12, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the College Football Playoff (CFP) association, and the Olympic movement.

“I am excited about coming back to USC – its growth and success under President Nikias has been phenomenal and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of that,” said Swann.

“As athletic director, my goals for the student-athletes will be to graduate, to win and to experience.”

Swann earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  While pursuing academics at USC, he excelled on the football field, playing on two Rose Bowl teams and a National Championship team in 1972.  He was team captain, most valuable player, and an All-American in 1973.

Cheryl Miller to Coach Women’s Basketball at Cal State Los Angeles


Cheryl Miller

LOS ANGELES, CA- Cheryl Miller is the new head coach of the Golden Eagles women’s basketball program at Cal State LA. Miller has had a stellar career as a player and coach. Considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, she led USC to two national titles in 1983 and 1984 and was twice named NCAA Tournament MVP. She helped guide the 1984 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal and is enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Miller comes to Cal State LA from Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma, where she led the Lions to a #18 NAIA ranking in two seasons as head coach. Miller was hired at Langston by Cal State LA Executive Director of Athletics Mike Garrett, who previously directed athletics at the historically Black college.

Miller was also the head women’s basketball coach at USC for two seasons from 1993 to 1995, taking the Trojans to the NCAA tournament both years before embarking on a successful career as a television reporter and analyst. She also served as head coach for four years and general manager of the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association, guiding the team to the league finals in 1998.

As a teenager Miller spent summers in the U.S. Olympic development program, held in the Cal State LA gym. “The first college I played at, literally, was Cal State LA. I’m glad to be back,” she said.

Miller brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the University—and a clear sense of purpose. “Graduating and developing women of inspiration and substance is my goal,” Miller said. “Cal State LA is the perfect place for that mission.”

Women comprise about 60 percent of the more than 27,000 students at Cal State LA, which fields teams in six women’s sports. Garrett, who first hired Miller at USC, says she will help elevate Cal State LA athletics.

“I’ve known Cheryl as a player, coach and general manager for more than 20 years. She is a world-class talent,” Garrett said. “I came to Cal State LA to win national championships, and Cheryl has done just that. She knows how to get us to where we intend to go.”

Cal State LA President William A. Covino said that “Miller is a winning shot for the University as it drives toward greater achievements in athletics.”

“Cheryl embodies the kind of athlete and human being who will lead our students to successful futures beyond what they’ve imagined,” Covino said.

Said Jose A. Gomez, Cal State LA Executive Vice President: “Los Angeles legend Cheryl Miller is coming back home to coach our students to greater heights—to be champions in the classroom, the community and on the court.”

Heroes Assemble at the San Bernardino County Library

348sThe San Bernardino County Library invites you to strengthen your superpowers and participate in our Summer Reading Program: Heroes Assemble!

Throughout the summer, we will be hosting amazing programs and activities as well as giving away fantastic rewards at all 32 of our branch libraries. Participating is easy: fly in to your local San Bernardino County Library to sign-up and become part of this read for rewards program to earn exciting weekly incentives. Reading for rewards is just the beginning. The Library will be hosting various super hero-themed programs including storytime, crafts, discovery time as well as awesome performers who provide exciting, entertaining and educational shows the whole family can enjoy. The Summer Reading Program is open to all ages so come on in and sign up the entire family. The best part – this program is absolutely free!

The fun doesn’t stop there. The County Library will offer special drawings for children and teens who meet the County Library Reading Challenge. The children’s challenge is to read at least 45 books or the equivalent in pages and minutes to receive a ticket. For teens, the challenge is to read at least eight books or the equivalent to get a ticket. New this year: each kid and teen who reached the challenge will receive a ticket for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7” tablet at their branch library. Also, for every 25 items checked out this summer, receive a ticket for our countywide drawing to win one of the grand prizes which include Samsung Galaxy Tablets, a WiiU gaming system, a super hero-themed bike, and a kids Spider-Man Dune Buggy.

Check out the San Bernardino County Library website for details on the kick-off events and program information. Come sign up for the program and be a part of our Summer of Reading Challenge to increase summer reading participation among youth by 15 percent throughout the county.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.