Staff
Head Coach
Jeff Harada

Cal State Fullerton named Jeff Harada its head women’s basketball coach, Athletics Director Jim Donovan announced on April 17, 2017.
Harada is the Titans' 11th head coach in the program's 48-year history, after spending the last three seasons (2015-17) as head coach at Division II Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

His accomplishments include a total of seven postseason appearances in 17 years of coaching including three trips to the NCAA Division I and II Women’s Basketball Tournaments (2013, 2012, 2010) one trip to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (2014), two appearances in the Men’s National Invitation Tournament (1999, 2000) and one trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament (1997).

In addition, Harada won five regular season or conference tournament championships and was named the 2010 Women’s Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year.

In three seasons (2015-17) at Central Washington, Harada compiled a 44-42 record, making three consecutive trips to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament.

In his first year at Central, Harada nearly doubled the Wildcats' overall win total and nearly tripled their conference win total from the previous season. In his second year, the Wildcats saw the highest overall win total since 2006 (17) and highest conference win total since 2004 (10). Harada coached two GNAC Freshmen of the Year (2015, 2016) and seven all-GNAC selections in his three years at CWU.

Prior to making the move to Central Washington, Harada served as an assistant coach at Navy for three seasons (2012-14). Navy went to the postseason during each of Harada's seasons serving on the bench. The team went 24-8 in 2014, and earned a bid into the Women's National Invitational Tournament. That followed back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. Navy won back-to-back regular season Patriot League championships in 2013 and 2014, and won back-to-back Patriot League Tournament titles in 2012 and 2013.

Previously, Harada was the head women's coach at Hawai'i Pacific University, where he took over a team that had won only two games during the season before his arrival. During his tenure at HPU (2008-11), Harada coached one all-region and eight all-conference (Pacific West) players in four years, including two freshman of the year and one newcomer of the year.

Under Harada’s leadership, the Sea Warriors won 58 games, including taking 36 of the 50 games played over his final two seasons there. In 2010, Harada's team won its first Pacific West Conference title, advancing to its first NCAA Division II Tournament. Harada was tabbed as the conference coach of the year that season.

Harada began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Colorado (1997-01), as a volunteer assistant. He later became the team's director of operations. In addition, he was an assistant coach for the HPU men's program (2004-06) before taking over the women's team for the 2007-08 season.

Assistant Coach
Casandra Renno

Casandro Renno joined the Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball in May of 2017 as part of first-year head coach Jeff Harada’s staff.

Renno recently spent the last three years (2015-17) of her career at Cal State Los Angeles as an assistant coach spearheading the team’s recruiting efforts, overseeing team academics, facilitating community service, developing a life skills program, managing all camps and clinics, mentoring the point guards as well as organizing scouting, scheduling, travel, and equipment.

Renno helped the Golden Eagles to a 36-46 overall record during her three seasons at Cal State L.A. as the team finished the 2016-17 season with a winning record of 15-14, the first mark over .500 for the program since 2014. In addition, Renno coached six all-California Collegiate Athletic Association players.

Renno came to Cal State L.A. from the University of La Verne, where she spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

Prior to her stint at La Verne, Renno formed the OC Elite Southwest AAU Girls Basketball Club in the fall of 2012 in Niceville, FL, serving as a youth and high school club coach. In the first year, her Under-14 team won the Gulf Coast Showdown and Tallahassee Comets Summer Xplosion Tournament. In 2012, Renno also served the Niceville High School program as assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach.

From 2010-12, Renno was an assistant varsity and head freshman coach at Robert M. Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas. Renno was a graduate assistant coach at Missouri Valley College from 2008-10, coaching the junior varsity team in 2009-10 and earning a masters degree in Educational Administration. She began her coaching career as an assistant for La Sierra University in the 2005-06 season and was the girls’ junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach at Hanau High School in Germany in 2006-07.

A four-year standout point guard at UC Riverside, Renno, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with a major in English and minor in education. She left the Highlander program as its all-time leader in assists and three-pointers, earning first-team all-Big West Conference honors in 2003 and 2004, all-Freshman first-team honors in 2002 and Big West honorable mention accolades in 2005.

Renno attended Apple Valley High School, where she was a three-time all-Mojave River League Most Valuable Player. She also earned All-CIF Division I second-team honors as a junior and All-CIF first-team honors as a senior.

Renno has been married to her husband, Marc Renno, a U.S. Army E.O.D. Tech, for 11 years.

Assistant Coach
Karlie Burris

Karlie Burris joined the Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball coaching staff after spending five seasons (2013-17) an assistant coach at Northern Arizona, coordinating the team’s recruiting efforts and handling scouting duties.

On the court, Burris managed the NAU defense and specialized in developing the play of the Lumberjacks’ guards and swing players. She designed individual workouts, assisted in practice plans, served as an academic advisor, was the staff’s liaison with sports information and compliance, helped facilitate community outreach and oversaw camps for two years.

Burris' guidance played a key role in helping NAU qualify for three consecutive appearances in the Big Sky Championship Tournament (2015-17). She also tutored two Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year and coached eight players to all-conference awards while the team tallied 22 all-academic honors over five years, which included a two-time Academic All-American.

With Burris’ assistance, Amanda Frost garnered All-Big Sky first team honors and a spot on College Sports Madness’ Mid-Major All-American teams during the 2013-14 season. Frost averaged a Big Sky best 22.5 points per game and set a new school season scoring record with 652 points.

Burris spent one season (2011-12) at Seattle University under former Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini, serving as a video coordinator and graduate assistant for the Redhawks while earning a master's degree in sport administration and leadership. At Seattle, Burris was responsible for editing film and coordinating exchanges and assisting with team travel and functions. She designed and developed the team's E-newsletter and was instrumental in promoting the team's auction, post-season games, and banquet.

She also served as a tutor and mentor for Seattle University study hall for student-athletes, coordinating with academic advisors to develop academic support plans. She facilitated one-on-one and group study sessions with men's basketball and women's volleyball student-athletes and monitored study hall hours across all sports.

Burris also has previous experience as an assistant coach for girls’ basketball at Rex Putnam High School, where she created practice plans and developed game strategy. She also worked for one year as the director of recruitment for Absolutely Affordable Staffing, serving as the lead recruiter in head hunting business executives in multiple industries.

Burris was a West Coast Conference (WCC) honorable mention selection and four-year letterwinner at the University of Portland. For her work in the classroom, Burris was also recognized on the WCC All-Academic team.

After earning her bachelor's degree in sociology and history from Portland in 2009, Burris completed her master's in sport administration and leadership from Seattle University in spring 2012.

Assistant Coach
Charel Allen

Charel Allen recently concluded a nine-year professional playing career that included stops in Turkey, Bulgaria and Israel before she joined the Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball coaching staff for the 2017-18 season as a first-year assistant.

During her last professional stop, the University of Notre Dame graduate served as a player-coach for BK Montana 2003 during 2016 and 2017 in Montana, Bulgaria.

Her professional highlights include being drafted by the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs in 2008, winning a Women’s Adriatic Basketball Association regular season championship in 2017 while also earning all-WABA first team honors that season. Allen was a Bulgarian League champion in 2012 and 2016, and also won regular season titles in 2010, 2012, and 2015, while capturing the Bulgarian Cup in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

In addition, Allen was an all-Bulgarian League First Team selection in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 and was named the Guard of the Year in 2014 and 2016 as well as Player of the Year in 2014. She was named to the Bulgarian League all-Import Team in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and was named the League Import Player of the Year in 2014.

Allen was as also an assistant coach for Monessen Middle School in Monessen, Pa., for the 2013-14 season. Since 2011, Allen has conducted The Charel Allen Basketball Camp and Highlight Game in Pittsburgh, Pa., and in addition she has worked as a skill development trainer since 2009.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and computer applications, Allen served as the team’s captain in her final two seasons (2007 & 2008), and was also a Big East Conference First Team selection both of those years. She was an Associated Press All-American honorable mention in 2008 as well as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American in 2007 and 2008. She was the first player at Notre Dame to reach 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 200 steals and 200 assists.

Director of Basketball Operations
Nicholas Milan

Milan graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. After his graduation, he returned to Hawaii and earned his Master of Education degree in educational administration in 2013 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

While working on his degree from 2010-2013, Milan served as a graduate basketball manager with the UH men's program preparing scouting reports, editing breakdown videos of the team and opponents, conducting individual player workouts, monitoring the academic eligibility of student-athletes, assisting with travel arrangements, promoting and conducting the Rainbow Warrior Summer Basketball Camp, and coordinating all equipment handling.

While attending Cal State Fullerton, Milan spent one season (2009-10) as the freshman boys' basketball coach at Yorba Linda High School. Before arriving at Fullerton, Milan played two seasons at Orange Coast College (2006-08), and also served as a team manager for the UH men's basketball program from 2004-06.

Milan played four seasons of varsity basketball at Kaimuki High School in Honolulu, graduating in 2004.