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Daron Park, who has enjoyed success coaching collegiately around the nation, enters his fourth season as the head coach of the women's basketball program at Cal State Fullerton for 2016-17.
In three years with the Titans, Park has accumulated a 28-64 (.304) overall record and a 14-34 (.292) mark in the Big West Conference. In addition he has coached one Big West Conference First Team selection, one Big West Conference Second Team pick, two Big West honorable mention award winners, two Big West Players of the Week and three Big West All-Academic honorees.
In his second season at the helm of the Titans, Park led Fullerton to the program's fourth Big West Conference Tournament semifinal in the last nine years. In his first season, Fullerton's victory at UCSB on Jan. 25, 2014 snapped a 23-year losing streak in Santa Barbara and his win against Cal Poly ended a nine-game skid versus the Mustangs. Also that year, Park led the Titans to their most conference wins since the 2009-10 season.
Park was formally introduced as Cal State Fullerton's women's basketball head coach by Athletic Director Jim Donovan in a press conference on April 3, 2013 in Titan Gym.
Park became the Titans' 10th head coach in the program's 47-year history, after spending the 2012-13 season as the associate head women's basketball coach at USC. He has spent 12 seasons coaching at the Division I level, appearing in seven NCAA tournaments, taking three trips to the Elite Eight, and securing one WNIT bid during that span. Park's teams have collected an overall record of 247-149 (.624).
Before coming to coach at Southern California in 2012, Park spent a year as an assistant coach at California, and under the tutelage of Lindsey Gottlieb, guided the Golden Bears to a 25-10 overall mark and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2008-09 season.
Park earned his first associate coaching job in 2009, where he served as an associate head coach at Louisiana Tech for two seasons (2009-11), helping to lead the Lady Techsters to two consecutive 20-win seasons and two straight NCAA Tournament berths, including the school's first WAC Tournament Championship since the 2005-06 campaign.
During the 2007-08 season, Park served as the interim head coach at the University of Maryland, where he led the Terrapins to a 33-4 overall record and a 13-1 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including a trip the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight round. He also was an assistant coach on Maryland's 2008-09 ACC regular season and tournament championship team. The Terps made a run to the Elite Eight that year as well.
Over his two years there, he helped guide Maryland to two Top-5 national rankings and two No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
Before arriving at Maryland, Park recieved his Division I start as an assistant at Utah from 2004-07, where he helped guide the Utes to a 72-29 overall record, a Mountain West championship, two NCAA Tournament appearances, and a trip to the Elite Eight in his three years there.
Park also owns head coaching experience, as he served as the head coach at NAIA Westminster College for four years (2000-04) during which time the program sported 30 Academic All-Frontier Conference recipients and eight Academic All-Americans. Park began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Westminster in 1999.
The Great Falls, Mont. native earned his bachelor's degree in health enhancement from Montana State in 1994.
Park is the first male head coach in Cal State Fullerton women's basketball history.
DARON PARK YEAR-BY-YEAR DIVISION I COACHING CAREER
|Utah (Mountain West)||Assistant||26-8||.765||12-2||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2005-06||Utah (Mountain West)||Assistant||27-7||.794||12-4||2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2006-07||Utah (Mountain West)||Assistant||19-14||.576||10-6||5th||WNIT Second Round|
|2007-08||Maryland (ACC)||Interim HC||33-4||.892||13-1||2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2008-09||Maryland (ACC)||Assistant||31-5||.861||12-2||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2009-10||Louisiana Tech (WAC)||Assoc. HC||23-9||.719||11-5||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2010-11||Louisiana Tech (WAC)||Assoc. HC||24-8||.750||15-1||1st||NCAA First Round|
|2011-12||California (PAC-12)||Assistant||25-10||.714||13-5||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2012-13||USC (PAC-12)||Assoc. HC||11-20||.355||7-11||7th||---|
|2013-14||Cal State Fullerton (Big West)||Head Coach||12-18||.400||8-8||6th||---|
|2014-15||Cal State Fullerton (Big West)||Head Coach||13-19||.406||5-11||T-7th||---|
|2015-16||Cal State Fullerton (Big West)||Head Coach||3-27||.100||1-15||T-8th||---|
|Total||Divsion I||247-149||.624||119-71||---||7 NCAA|
|Total||Division I Head Coach||28-64||.304||14-34||---||----|
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