Diane Decker Hired as Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

BLOOMSBURG-- Bloomsburg University has announced the hiring of Diane Decker as assistant women's basketball.

Decker comes to Bloomsburg after spending three seasons at East Stroudsburg as an assistant coach. Last year Decker served as the acting head coach for the Warriors and posted a record of 12-15, 6-6 PSAC East earning a spot in the PSAC playoffs as the fourth seed from the Eastern Division. During her three seasons with the Warriors the team made the PSAC playoffs each year and in 2006-07 achieved the first 20-win season in 12 years.

Prior to coming to East Stroudsburg, Decker spent three years as head coach at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, where she guided the Patriots to the District XI playoffs each season. In three years she led the team to a record of 82-15 and coached two, 1,000-point scorers.

Decker was a standout player at Marian Catholic High School and Villanova University. The Wildcats played in the NCAA Tournament all four years during her college career, including her sophomore season when they went to the Sweet 16. She was a second team All-Big East selection in 1989 and helped the Wildcats capture the Big East championship in both 1987 and 1988. She also served as team captain her senior year.

Bloomsburg head coach Bill Cleary is excited to have Decker on his staff.

"I am excited to have someone of Coach Decker's caliber on the staff here at Bloomsburg University," said Cleary. "She brings a wealth of experience on the basketball court and is a relentless recruiter. Coach Decker is going to make an immediate impact for our program."

At Marian Catholic High School, the Mahanoy City native set the school scoring record with over 2,300 points and also grabbed 1,000 rebounds and was selected honorable mention All-American by both Converse and USA Today. Marian Catholic won a state title and two district championships during her career, and she was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2006.

Assistant Coach Cy Fulton

Cy Fulton

Fulton begins his first season at Bloomsburg after being a volunteer coach at East Stroudsburg. Prior to E. Stroudsburg, Fulton was an assistant coach for Kean University, during which he helped lead the team to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight two years in a row.

A graduate of King's College in 1965, Fulton completed his bachelor's degree in English. He currently teaches at Blue Mountain High School where he coached girl's basketball for three seasons, leading his team to the district playoffs each year.

Prior to Blue Mountain, Fulton taught and coached at Bishop Haffey. He lead his team to three league championships, one district 11 championship, and one PIAA Eastern.

Fulton lives with his wife Kathleen and has two children, Justin and Joshua.

Updated 11/10/08