He remembers the day she sat in his living room, recruiting him to compete for USC.
Her personality was infectious and her drive contagious. She made him want to run.
It didn’t cross Michael Norman’s mind that Caryl Smith Gilbert was a woman. His only thought was that she could make him a winner.
“She was probably one of the only coaches who got me hyped up,” Norman said. “She got me excited to run for her program.”
Two years later, Norman is one of the top quarter-milers in the world.
Five years ago, Gilbert became the first woman director of track and field at USC, tasked with leading both the men’s and women’s teams. She was also the first woman to hold...