Cal State Fullerton hires Bullard Coach

Cal State Fullerton hires Bullard Coach

Post by Steven Robitaill » Thu, 27 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Blanco leaving Bullard
           softball

                     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
           Aug.1.

           "I'm really e***d," Blanco said. "It's a good
           program, with good promise and a good
           future."

           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
           championship.

           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
           national poll.

           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
           style."

           Blanco said she's looking forward to the
           2001 college season when the Titans play at
           Fresno State.

 
 
 

Cal State Fullerton hires Bullard Coach

Post by Hoach » Thu, 27 Jul 2000 04:00:00

that is so awesome.....Bullard is da bomb in h.s. softball....and Coach
Gromecki is certainly bringing back that C.S.F. program...

 
 
 

Cal State Fullerton hires Bullard Coach

Post by zimmy_s » Thu, 27 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Congratulations to Erika Blanco.  Good Luck from your friends
at San Diego Thunder!  Oh, and thanks for all your help on our
visit to Fresno!

Mike Zimmerman
San Diego Thunder 14U (Dodd)

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