USC men's tennis head coach Peter Smith -- winner of four NCAA Team Championships in his first 10 seasons with the Trojans -- is now just one win away from reaching a huge coaching benchmark. Smith's 500th career win as a head coach now looms large on the horizon as his team carries a five-match win streak and a 17-2 overall record into this week's Pac-12 road trip.
If USC stays in winning mode, Smith's 500th victory would come on March 29 at Stanford. Smith -- the 2012 ITA National Coach of the Year -- has posted a 229-64 record at USC, combining with 15 seasons combined at the helm of Long Beach State, Fresno State and Pepperdine. That puts Smith's grand career total at 499-199 to put all eyes on the fast-approaching 500th win.
USC plays at Stanford at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 29) and then visits California at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday (March 31) in a Pac-12 Networks televised match.