Kiernan Named New Basketball Coach

Kiernan Named New Basketball Coach
New head women's basketball coach Kevin Kiernan meets with his players Monday.
Kevin Kiernan

Kevin Kiernan has been named the new women's basketball coach at Cal Poly Pomona, Director of Athletics Brian Swanson announced Monday.

Kiernan, the 2006 WBCA Russell Athletic National High School Coach of the Year, is currently the head coach for both the girls' and boys' teams at Troy High School in Fullerton. He emerged from a candidate pool of more than 40 applicants. Kiernan has been the girls' coach at Troy since 1996 and has a 291-30 overall record that includes 100 straight Freeway League wins and an appearance in the CIF Finals in eight of the last nine years. He was also a head women's basketball coach at Cypress College from 1992-98 and has an overall head coaching record of 563-167.

“Kevin has been a winner at every step,” Swanson said. “It was clear that Kevin embraces the tradition and history of Cal Poly Pomona women's basketball and wants to be at the forefront of our continued success.”

This past year at Troy, Kiernan guided the Warriors to a 33-1 record and their third girls' basketball California state title in the past four years. The Warriors also captured their 14th straight Freeway League Championship, a fourth straight CIF title and finished the season ranked first in California and third in the nation.

He also led the boys' team at Troy to an 18-11 record last year and a Freeway League championship. He has been the head coach of both teams at Troy for the past two seasons.

“It's a tremendous honor following Darlene May and Paul Thomas, coming in after what they have accomplished,” Kiernan said. “I want to come in and keep the Cal Poly Pomona tradition alive and continue to build it. Its a great opportunity and I'm excited to be here.”

Previously, he compiled a 110-79 record at Cypress College while coaching there from 1992-98. He took over a program that was 8-74 the previous three seasons and led it to four 20-plus win seasons in six years. He was the Orange Empire Coach of the Year in 1998.

“Everyone we spoke to regarding Kevin said he was an excellent teacher ofthe game and developed his players on and off the court,” Swanson said. “I believe Kevin will return Cal Poly Pomona to national prominence in women's basketball while graduating outstanding student-athletes.”

Kiernan replaces Paul Thomas, who was named the head coach at Division I St. Marys College in August.

Cal Poly Pomona, under the leadership of May and Thomas, has won a record-tying five NCAA Division II championships and won more NCAA Division II postseason games (48) than any other Division II program. May guided the Broncos to a 519-119 record and national titles in 1982, 85 and 86, while Thomas led the Broncos to a 235-108 record and national championships in 2001 and 02.