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Sports - June 28, 2019

Eastside Prep names two basketball coaches

Bischof, Coleman have deep roots with the Panthers

by Glenn Reeves

Two basketball coaching vacanies were created when Donovan Blythe announced he was leaving Eastside Prep to take a coaching position in China. Two familar names fill the void.

Chris Bischof, the school's founder and principal, will return to the hardwood for his third stint as boys basketball coach. Markisha Coleman, a celebrated graduate of the school who went on to play at Stanford and had a successful five-year run as girls basketball coach at Menlo-Atherton, returns to her alma mater as girls basketball coach.

Blythe had served as head coach of both the boys and girls basketball teams during the 2018-19 season.

Bischof coached the boys team from the school's inception and had a remarkable run of success, winning six Central Coast Section Division V titles in a seven-year period from 1998-2004.

He relinquished head coaching duties after the 2008 season, but returned two years later and coached the Panthers until last season when the decision was made that Blythe, the school's highly-successful girls coach, would oversee both programs. He led the boys to a Central Coast Section Division V title, its first in over a decade.

You might think Bischof has enough on his plate as the school's principal.

"Every time I think I'm out of it I'm right back in it,'' Bischof said with a laugh. "It's always a challenge, but I'm still looking forward to it. It's an outlet for me, too. It's a real fun environment being with the guys.''

Coleman compiled a record of 120-37 in five years at Menlo-Atherton, winning four Peninsula Athletic League South Division titles.

"Markisha will do a wonderful job,'' Bischof said. "It's great to have her experience, she's such a dedicated, disciplined, hard-working individual.''

Bischof remembers her when she was a student and standout player at Eastside.

"She epitomizes what we value in our student-athletes,'' Bischof said. "She sets a great example. As a player she was not the biggest but she hustled and played with great tenacity. She applied the same attributes to her school work. She's a wonderful person and I'm excited to have her back.''

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