After 27 years as the head coach of USC Rugby, Dave Lytle has decided to step down in 2015. Here is the video that Dylan Sidoo has put together to honor Coach Dave’s contributions to the team.

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Harry Smith was a three-year letterman at USC. (Photo/courtesy of USC Athletics)

Harry Smith was a three-year letterman at USC. (Photo/courtesy of USC Athletics)

Harry Smith, a College Football Hall of Famer who was a two-time All-American on USC’s Rose Bowl teams of the 1930s, died on July 30 in Columbia, Mo. He was 94.

Smith, a pulling guard who was known as “Blackjack” because of the cast he wore on one hand during the 1939 season, earned All-American first-team honors at USC in 1938 and 1939, helping the Trojans to back-to-back Rose Bowl victories.  The 1938 team beat a previously unbeaten, unscored-upon Duke University squad in the 1939 Rose Bowl, 7-3, and the 1939 Trojans shut out a previously unscored-upon Tennessee team in the 1940 Rose Bowl, 14-0, en route to winning the national championship.

The three-year (1937-38) letterman came to USC from Chaffey High in Ontario, Calif. He also played rugby at USC.

Smith played in the 1940 College All-Star Game.  He was Detroit’s fifth-round selection in the 1940 NFL Draft and played tackle for the Lions that season.

He later became a coach, including stints as an assistant at USC (1949-50) and Missouri (1941 and 1952-66), helping the Tigers to a pair of conference championships, a Sugar Bowl berth in 1941 and the school’s first bowl win (1961 Orange Bowl).  He was the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in 1951.

Smith was a professor of health and physical education at Missouri and was the school’s intramural director from 1973 to 1983.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.

Smith is survived by his wife, Mabel, his son, Harry Jr., and his daughter, Judy Huff.

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Gareth was the USC Rugby Captain and Number 8 on the undefeated 2009 USC Rugby Team.  Gareth’s leadership and knowledge of the game of rugby were unmatched.

Gareth has gone on to earn international caps as a member of the Bermuda national team.

Played center and flanker for USC Rugby from 2006-2010. Tood was the starting openside flanker on the undefeated 2009 USC Rugby team. After graduating from USC he joined the United States Marine Corps.

In 2012 he tragically died in a car accident.

His work ethic and athleticism were unmatched.

USC Rugby established the Todd Lorell Memorial Players Award which is awarded annually to the player who exemplifies USC Rugby in commitment, work ethic, and teamwork.

2750935_origCountry of Origin:

Los Angeles, USA

College Attended:

University of Utah, University of Southern California

Rugby Experience:

Coach Dave started his rugby at USC in 1983 and continued to play until 1986. He was on the USC Rugby advisory committee from 1987-88. He has coached the USC Men’s Rugby Club since 1988 and since has become an icon, mentor, and leader on the team. He was also a state parole officer for 30 years.

Career Highlights include:

  • Only Club Sport Athlete to have received a Varsity Ring- Presented by Athletic Director Mike McGee in 1986
  • Pasadena RFC- 1988-1990
  • Traveled and played rugby in Singapore, Taipei, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong throughout his career.
  • Coach Dave holds the team record for longest keg stand of 2 min. 23 sec.
2009 USC Rugby Team - undefeated season. Photo taken after beating UCLA. Fight on!

2009 USC Rugby Team – undefeated season. Photo taken after beating UCLA. Fight on!


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]payton-jordan-uscPayton Jordan, a star sprinter at USC in the 1930s who went on to coach the U.S. track and field team to a record-setting performance at the 1968 Olympics, has died. He was 91.

Jordan, who coached at Stanford from 1957 to 1979, died Thursday at his home in Laguna Hills, according to the university. He had cancer.

As Olympic coach for the Mexico City Games, Jordan presided over an impressive U.S. roster that included James Hines in the 100 meters, Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 200, Lee Evans in the 400, Bob Beamon in the long jump, Dick Fosbury in the high jump, Bob Seagren in the pole vault and Al Oerter in the discus.

His team also confronted an unusual set of challenges. The altitude of 7,546 feet was favorable for some events, such as the long jump, where Beamon set a world record of 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches that would stand for 22 years. But the thin air posed problems for endurance runners.

Many of the black athletes on the U.S. team, caught up in the nascent black power movement, discussed an Olympic boycott. Smith and Carlos were expelled from the Games after they staged a protest on the awards stand after winning gold and bronze medals in the 200 meters, silently bowing their heads and raising gloved fists during the playing of the national anthem.

In the end, the U.S. men’s track team won 24 medals — 12 of them gold — and set six world records.

“We just sat down and talked about how hard everyone worked for so long to get ready for this lifetime opportunity,” Jordan told The Times in 1989. “It was just something we had to work through and overcome.”

Jordan knew something about competition.

He won varsity letters in track at USC from 1937 through ’39, when the Trojans were in the midst of a nine-year stretch of NCAA championships. He ran a leg on the 440-yard relay team that set a world record of 40.5 seconds in 1938 and was co-captain of the team the next year.

While at USC he also played rugby and was on the junior varsity football team.

After retiring as Stanford’s coach, he dominated masters track meets between the ages of 55 and 80, setting world records in the 100 and 200 meters in his age groups.

Jordan was born March 19, 1917, in Whittier and grew up in Pasadena. After graduating from USC in 1939, he married a year later. He and his wife, Marge, had two children. She died in 2006.

By Paul Wellman

By Paul Wellman

He served in the Navy during World War II, had a short stint as track coach at Redlands High School and became track coach at Occidental College in 1946. He moved on to Stanford in 1957. He also served as an assistant track coach for the 1960 U.S. Olympic team.

Jordan is a member of numerous halls of fame, including those of USA Track and Field, USC, Occidental and Stanford, which hosts an annual invitational track meet named in his honor.

He never tired of athletic competition.

“For all its warts, it’s one of the wonderful ways to bring vitality into the world,” Jordan told the Santa Barbara Independent in 2007. “Young people striving to be the best . . . men and women expressing themselves to the fullest. You put on those running shorts and toe the line. You look down the track, alone in your lane. There’s nobody that can substitute for you, no one to give you more courage. There’s just the tape and the stopwatch. No excuses. No second chances.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]