O’Dowd names new girls basketball coach

Malik McCord has been named the new varsity girls basketball coach at Bishop O’Dowd High.
McCord replaces Kevin Cushing, who stepped down after last season’s North Coast Section Division III title run so he could spend more time with his family.
McCord served as an assistant coach under Cushing for the past two seasons and has coached several AAU teams and had a stint as an assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Moreau Catholic.
“I want to help build on the success of the program, and help bring O’Dowd its first girls basketball state championship,” said McCord, according to a press release from Bishop O’Dowd.
The Dragons will return the core of their team next season and has high expectations after going 28-3 and reaching the Northern California Division III quarterfinals last season. O’Dowd also made a huge breakthrough in Hayward Area Athletic League play, capturing its first league crown since 2003 by beating rival Moreau Catholic twice in league and once in a nonleague contest.