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.''