Blanco leaving Bullard
By Ron Orozco
The Fresno Bee
(Published July 25, 2000)
Two years after directing Bullard High to a
national softball top ranking, Erika Blanco is
stepping down as Knights coach to accept an
assistant's role at Cal State-Fullerton.
"I've always wanted to return to college
ball," Blanco said Monday.
Blanco played first and third base at Fresno
State from 1993-96. She led the '95 Bulldogs
in home runs with four.
A Fullerton official said Blanco's hiring will
be announced today. Blanco starts work
"I'm really e***d," Blanco said. "It's a good
program, with good promise and a good
Under first-year coach Michelle Gromacki
last season, the Titans captured their first
conference crown since 1986, when they
parlayed a Pacific Coast Athletic
Association title into an NCAA
The Titans visited Bulldog Diamond in May
for the NCAA Region 6 and exited with a
1-2 record to finish 45-15 overall.
Blanco spent last season at Bullard with an
emergency credential, but she said that
wasn't a factor in her leaving.
"It was just a coaching decision," Blanco
said. "I wanted to go to the next level, and
this was the way to do it."
Blanco's record at Bullard was 145-15-1, a
winning percentage of .906. The 1999
Knights won the Central Section Yosemite
Division championship, finishing No.1 in
both the state rankings and USA Today's
Last season's Knights were ranked as high as
No.2 in the nation before finishing No.6.
Of her coaching development, Blanco credits
her former Bulldogs coach, Margie Wright.
"I've learned from the best in Coach Wright,"
Blanco said. "She's smart. She knows the
game inside and out. Playing for her puts you
at a different level. I took a lot of what I
learned and developed my own coaching
Blanco said she's looking forward to the
2001 college season when the Titans play at