Former USC player is 425-311 overall

Updated: March 20, 2004, 11:29 PM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California coach Chris Gobrecht, who could not lead her alma mater to an NCAA Tournament berth in seven years at the school, was fired Wednesday.

Since returning to USC in 1998, Gobrecht posted a 93-108 record, including a 58-68 mark in the Pac-10 Conference. The Women of Troy made two appearances in the Women's NIT but never reached the NCAA Tournament.

This season, USC was 15-13 and tied for third in the conference at 11-7. Despite upsetting Stanford and Arizona, Southern California lost five of its final eight games.

"This was a very difficult decision because Chris meant a lot to the Trojan family, but we felt it was time for our women's basketball program to go in a different direction," athletic director Mike Garrett said.

Gobrecht has a 425-311 mark in a 25-year coaching career that includes stints at Cal State-Fullerton, Washington and Florida State.