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M-A hires former assistant as new girls basketball coach

When Menlo-Atherton girls basketball coach Morgan Clyburn departed following the season, the Bears didn't have to look past her staff to find a new leader.

Clyburn's top assistant, Markisha Coleman has been named as the Bears' new head coach.

Coleman graduated from Eastside Prep in 2003 where she was a three-time league MVP, led the Panthers to a Central Coast Section championship, and was named to the Division V All-State Team. When she graduated, Coleman was the school's all-time leader in points, steals, and assists per game.

Like Clyburn, Coleman attended Stanford University. She walked on to the Stanford women's basketball team her freshman year and earned a full scholarship for her junior and senior years. As a member of the Cardinal, Coleman helped the team win four Pac-10 Conference championships, qualify for the NCAA Tournament all four years, and make three NCAA Elite 8 appearances.

After graduation, Colemana continued to play competitively in the San Francisco Summer Pro-Am League and traveled to Germany with Athletes in Actions.

Coleman began her coaching career while at Stanford, working the Stanford Women's Basketball Camps. She was a graduate assistant at Pepperdine while earning a Master's Degree.

For the past three years, she has been the Girls Director and head coach of the II Deep Basketball Program. She assisted Clyburn during the past two seasons at M-A.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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