Georgia hires national title-winning track mentor Caryl Smith Gilbert, the first woman to mentor Bulldogs men

Georgia made school history Sunday by naming previous University of Southern California mentor Caryl Smith Gilbert the men’s and women’s track and field coach.

Smith Gilbert becomes the first woman to head a men’s program at Georgia.

“It’s an honor to be Georgia’s first female head coach of a men’s sport,” Smith Gilbert said. “I firmly believe we can continue to build upon UGA’s strong program and compete for and win SEC and national championships. I am excited to get started in Athens.”

Smith Gilbert coached USC to its third women’s NCAA outdoors championship Saturday and the men’s team to a top-five finish.

Smith Gilbert replaces Petros Kyprianou, who was head coach for as far back as six years and part of the program since 2008. Kyprianou led the Georgia women to a third-place finish at the NCAA titles. The Georgia men completed eighth.

Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks said Smith Gilbert “is a phenomenal coach, skilled motivator and strong leader who will make our entire program better.”

Led by Smith Gilbert, the USC women won two NCAA titles.

“In eight seasons leading our program, Caryl established USC track and field as a national force,” said USC athletic director Mike Bohn said.