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Bishop proves to be a queen
Former East Union star named CCAAs coach of the year
East Union graduate Danelle (Liles) Bishop is head coach of the Cal Poly Pomona womens basketball team, which is the No. 1 seed going into the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships. - photo by Photo by MATT BROWN

Danelle Bishop continues to win at the next level.

The former East Union High girls basketball star was recognized as the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Coach of the Year Wednesday night after leading the Cal Poly Pomona women’s team (18-4 CCAA, 21-5 overall) to its 19th conference title and first since 2002. The Broncos clinched the championship on Feb. 22 with still two games to go in the regular season.

“I’m very honored to be the CCAA Coach of the Year, and the award is a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes and my two assistant coaches, Kevin Adams and Reyana Colson,” Bishop said. “I’m also grateful for the support from my hometown of Manteca and we’re thrilled that their following our team’s success as the playoffs begin this weekend.”

Top-seeded Cal Poly Pomona has a first-round bye in the CCAA Championships and awaits the winner of the No. 3 Cal State Dominguez Hills-No. 6 Cal State East Bay contest in Saturday’s semifinals. Tipoff is set for 5:35 p.m. at Ontario’s Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.

The Broncos are currently ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division II West Region and 18th nationally according to the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Cal Poly Pomona is no stranger to success having captured an NCAA Division II record five national championships. Same goes for Bishop, who is in her fourth season at Cal Poly Pomona with an 82-32 record. As interim head coach she guided the team to a 28-5 record and CCAA and NCAA West Region tournament titles.

She had successful runs in previous stops at the NAIA level, leading Azusa Pacific (92-41) to NAIA Tournament appearances in each of her four years before spending three seasons with Cal Baptist (46-44). Overall she owns a 220-117 record (.653).

Bishop, formerly Liles, graduated from East Union in 1994 and remains the school’s all-time leading scorer. With her father, Mark Liles, serving as head coach, she helped the Lancers win four Valley Oak League championships. In her senior year, East Union reached the Sac-Joaquin Section finals and CIF Northern California Regional Championships for the first time in program history. Bishop is just one of four student-athletes to have her jersey retired at East Union, joining the likes of NBA head coach Scott Brooks of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 5-foot-10 guard went on to play for the University of Florida, Delta College and Tarleton State. She began coaching at Delta College as an assistant for three years before serving as a graduate assistant at Tarleton State in 2000.