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Daron Park joins the California Golden Bear coaching staff for the 2011-12 season. He previously spent seven seasons as an NCAA Division I coach with six NCAA Tournament appearances, including three trips to the Elite Eight, and a WNIT bid. Over the course of those seven seasons, Parks' teams have amassed a 70.0 winning percentage (183-55).
Park was most-recently an associate head coach at Louisiana Tech where he was responsible for the on-the-floor coaching of the Techster post players, serving as the recruiting coordinator, overseeing the operating budget for the program, as well as overseeing scouting reports and game preparations. Park was a big reason for Louisiana Tech's return to the NCAA Tournament each of the last two years.
During his time at Louisiana Tech, Park worked closely with the Lady Techster post players as Shanavia Dowdell and Adrienne Johnson. Johnson, 2011 WAC Player of the Year, averaged 21.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior. She was on the Wade Trophy Watch List, was an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and the WBCA, was a first team all-WAC selection and was named to the WAC All-Defensive Team. She was selected by the Connecticut Sun in the third round of the 2011 WNBA draft. Dowdell averaged a double double while ranking in the top 5 in the country in rebounding and earning her second straight WAC Player of the Year award. She was selected in the second round of the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.
During his coaching career, Park has worked with a number of other high-profile players including Kristi Toliver (All-American, Lieberman Award winner, WNBA first round selection), Marissa Coleman (WNBA first round), Crystal Langhorne (All-American, WNBA first round), Laura Harper (WNBA first round), Shona Thorburn (WNBA first round) and Kim Smith (WNBA first round).
Park went to LA Tech after spending two years as an assistant coach on Brenda Frese's staff at Maryland where he was an integral part of the Terrapins success, helping Maryland to a pair of Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament and an ACC regular season and tournament title.
During his first year at Maryland while head coach Brenda Frese was on leave for part of the season, Park served as acting head coach and led the Terrapins to an 8-1 mark with the lone loss coming in double overtime to No. 3 North Carolina. Included in those eight victories was a road win against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, completing the first sweep of the Blue Devils for the Terps in more than 15 years.
Park was instrumental in helping Maryland earn a pair of Top-5 national rankings, a preseason WNIT Championship, two No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, and 64 victories, including a 24-4 mark in ACC games.
Prior to his stint at Maryland, Park served as an assistant coach for legendary Utah coach Elaine Elliott from 2004 through 2007 as the Utes won two Mountain West Conference championships and earned two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2006. During his three years at Utah, the Utes won 72 games.
Park also has head coaching experience as he served as the head coach at NAIA Westminster College for four years (2000-04) during which time the program boasted 30 Academic All-Frontier Conference recipients and eight Academic All-Americans. Park began his college coaching career as an assistant at Westminster in 1999.
The Great Falls, Montana native earned his Bachelor's degree in Health Enhancement from Montana State in 1994.
Park and his wife Laura have one daughter, Rylee (10), and one son, Dillon (5).