East Los Angeles College Coach Erika Blanco is now in her 13th season of coaching softball. In only her second season at East L.A., she has led the Huskies to their best season and first-ever berth in the California Community College playoffs. They finished 28-15 despite having played 30 of their 43 games away from home. In her second season here at East Los Angeles College, she has been named the South Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Southern California Coach of the Year, and National Fastpitch Coaching Association West Regional Staff of the Year.
Prior to her arrival to East Los Angeles, Blanco was the Head Coach at Long Beach City College from 2004 to 2007. She guided the Vikings to the Southern Regional playoffs in 2006 and 2007.
Blanco was an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton from 2000 to 2002 and helped the Titans to consecutive Big West Conference championships in 2001 and 2002.
Her coaching career began in 1997 when she was named Coach at Bullard High School in Fresno, where she coached for three seasons. Her teams were league champions each season and were CIF, state, and national champions in 1999. She was named Coach of the Year all three seasons and in 1999 she and her staff were honored as National Fastpitch Coaching Association West Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
As a player Coach Blanco played at Fresno State under Coach Margie Wright 1992-96. At Fresno State the Bulldogs were WAC Champions in 1996 and earned a spot in the Softball College World Series in 1995. Blanco is a Fresno native growing up in a small farm community of Tranquility.