Coach Plunkett begins his eighth season as head
coach of the women's basketball team at Chaffey
College. Over the past five years, the Panthers have
averaged 20 wins a season and have made four
playoff appearances, advancing to the second round
in 2006 & 2010. The Panthers have also posted an
impressive 44-18 record in non-conference
tournaments over the past five years, bring home 19
trophies, including five Championships. A perennial
Southern California Power, the Panthers have
established State-wide acclaim, ranking in the State's
Top 20 for the entire 2010-11 Season. Plunkett also
reached a coaching milestone in 2011, earning his
100th career win on January 15.
Plunkett takes great pride in winning with local
talent and helping his
players earn athletic
scholarships at the next
level. Sixteen Panthers in the
past six years have moved
on to play basketball on
scholarship at the NCAA or
NAIA level. Most recently,
2011 All-Conference guard
Tianna Jones signed with
NAIA Division I reigning
National Champions Azusa
In addition to his duties as
head women's basketball
coach at Chaffey College,
Plunkett is responsible for
game management at
football, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and softball
home contests. Plunkett serves as the women's
basketball sport representative for the Foothill
Athletic Conference. He is also active in the
California Community College Women's Basketball
Coaches Association, serving on the executive board
since 2006 as the Foothill Conference representative.
Prior to Chaffey College, Plunkett spent 11 years as
an assistant coach, ten of those at the NCAA
University level. Most recently he was the top
assistant for the 2004-05 Cal State Dominguez Hills
women's basketball team. Plunkett was in charge of
team offense, strength and conditioning, and assisted
in recruiting. He helped lead the Toros to their 1st
NCAA playoffs in eight years.
He began his collegiate coaching career as a
graduate assistant for the California State University
Dominguez Hills men's basketball team in 1995.
After assistant coaching for five years at CSUDH for
both men's and women's basketball programs,
Plunkett went to California State University Los
Angeles in 2000. There he coached the men's
program for two years and served as the academic
coordinator, helping the Golden Eagles with
academic advisement and monitoring the teams
tutoring and study hall activities. Plunkett spent
another two years at CSULA as the women's top
assistant and recruiting coordinator.
Plunkett received a Bachelor of Science degree in
Geology with a minor in Physical Education from
California State Dominquez Hills in 1998 and a
Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise
Science from California State Long Beach in 2003.
Plunkett has five years of teaching experience at the
university level. While at Cal State L.A. he served as
an instructor of Kinesiology activity classes for four
years, teaching both beginning and intermediate level
courses in basketball, jogging, weight training and
physical conditioning. While at Cal State Dominguez
Hills, Plunkett served as a part-time lecturer for the
Kinesiology department teaching motor learning,
lifetime fitness, and a senior seminar in kinesiology.
Coaching at Cal State L.A. provided Plunkett with
more than outstanding coaching experience. He had
the opportunity to serve on the advisory committee
for the Evening with Legendary Coach John Wooden
program and assisted with the Billie Jean King &
Friends fundraising dinner and program. Plunkett
also assisted in the organization of both the Cal State
L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills golf
Coach Plunkett enjoys playing basketball, working
out, traveling, reading, and attending church. He and
his wife, Shaela, are the proud parents of two year old twins, Jordan and Naomi. The Plunketts
reside in Rancho Cucamonga.
Assistant Coach Joe Murillo enters his third
year on the Panther Coaching staff but has
been coaching basketball for nearly 40 years.
As a student-athlete, he played basketball at
Chino High School, Mt SAC and Cal Poly
Coach Murillo began his coaching career at
Nogales High School in La Puente before
returning to his alma mater, Chino High, in
1974 as the assistant varsity boys coach.
Four years later, Murillo took over the girls
basketball program, a position he held with
honor for 29 years. At Chino, Coach Murillo
earned a 559-250 record. His teams reached
CIF playoffs 26 times in his 29 year tenure,
winning 16 league titles and 3 CIF Southern
Section titles. In 1986, he took Chino to the
state title game.
Over the years, Coach Murillo was selected
League Coach of the Year and in 1981, 86 and
88 he was named CIF Coach of the Year. In
2008, Chino High honored Coach Murillo by
officially naming the gym floor in his honor.
Earlier this year, Murillo was inducted into the
Southern California Interscholastic Coaches
Association Hall of Fame.
Coach Murillo is currently retired and lives
with his wife Diane. He is the proud father of
five children and five grandchildren.