Men's Track, Indoor and/or Outdoor

University of South Carolina-Columbia

NCAA DI

Graduated 3-4 years ago (2017 or 2016)

Curtis Frye

Division

Years Attended

Head Coach

Overall Experience

Athletic/Academic Balance

Team Morale & Skill Instruction

Fairness & Respect

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In One Sentence...

A typical power 5 DI school experience where sports trumped everything else and demanded 90% of your time and effort.

Pros...

The athletic atmosphere is electric. USC has a ton of tradition so it feels like you're part of something bigger than yourself. The track team is like a family and sometimes family may fight but most of the time, it was a good time. Being a part of the SEC is a special experience that not everyone has a chance to experience.

Cons...

Track coaches are egotistical and stubborn. They believe in outdated methods of training and refuse to budge. There's a discipline issue where athletes are also egotistical but coaches don't reprimand them because those athletes score the most points. If you're not a top competitor, Coach Frye doesn't even bother to learn your name.

Advice to the coaching staff...

I believe that some of the training was great and helpful but the issue was that you didn't listen to the athletes enough. Sure, some would just complain but most of us truly wanted to get better. However, we didn't feel like the training was getting us there. Rather than being dismissive, work with your athletes and create a program that works for everyone.