This article raises one question: What’s Pete Carroll going to say when one of the PacSun USA Surf Team kids wants to turn pro early?
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – February 9, 2009 – Surfing America is pleased to announce that USC Football Coach, Pete Carroll, will address the PacSun USA Surf Team on Friday, February 13, in Huntington Beach.
“Surfing America is deeply honored to have Coach Carroll lend his support,” said executive director Mike Gerard. “This is a tremendous boost for the program and a once in a lifetime experience for the kids!”
All this week, the PacSun USA Surf Team will be training in Huntington Beach in their final National Training Camp before traveling to the World Championships in March. Currently, there are 33 members of the Under 18 squad–and that number will be cut down to the final 15 Traveling Team members on Thursday night.
Friday February 13 will mark the first session of the final Traveling Team and Coach Carroll–an ocean sports enthusiast himself–has offered to spend some of his extremely valuable time with Head Coach Joey Buran and the PacSun USA Surf Team.
“This is unbelievable!” said Buran. “I personally believe that Pete Carroll is absolutely the very best coach in all of Division 1 college sports and major pro sports in the United States. Along with John Wooden, Pete Carroll has had the greatest impact on me and coaching philosophy with regard to how I approach the USA Surf Team. This is a great honor! I save articles on Pete Carroll… watch videos… He never misses a beat and his optimism is insane. But the gnarliest thing about Pete Carroll’s program is that every practice is a competition. His athletes are constantly competing for starting positions–and it works. It makes everybody better. How he runs his practices is what I believe in and what we apply to the USA Surf Team.”
Energetic and charismatic, eighth-year USC head football coach Pete Carroll quickly restored the glory of the Trojan football program and has returned Troy to national prominence. He is 76-14 (84.4%) in 7 years (2001-2007) as a college head coach (all at USC), the best winning percentage of any current Division I coach with at least 5 years of experience.
Do you think having a jack football coach give a pep talk to the USA Surf Team will help them beat the top teams like Australia and Brazil?