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Kris Weems returns to Menlo School as the new athletic director

Original post made on Apr 10, 2014

Menlo School has dug into its past to find a leader for the future, hiring Kris Weems as its new athletic director. Weems, the school's former boys basketball coach, brings a wealth of experience as an administrator, coach and player at all levels from youth to NCAA Division I to the NBA.

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Posted by Larry Frye
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

Welcome back Kris! We are delighted to have you back at Menlo School!

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm

The school did wrong by Craig Schoof. A real shame

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Posted by Menlo Alum
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I can not imagine a better person to lead the Menlo Athletic Program! Lets go coach Weems! So excited for Menlo and its future.

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Posted by anon
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

>"The school did wrong by Craig Schoof."

You betcha. The school did wrong by a number of truly stellar teachers in the last several years, the legacy of a corrupt leadership that should have been sent packing years ago and still has an existing echo in the structure of the school, including one upper-level management appointment of truly Peter-Principle proportions that has done major damage to one department that had stand-out performance in prior years.

Anyone who knows anything about the lacrosse team debacle from several years ago will know what a joke it made of the "principles" espoused by prior leadership. A shame and a joke.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Kris Weems was the best coach I ever had for any sport, at any level. I know he will be just as good in this new role. Congrats Coach!!

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 12, 2014 at 8:05 am

Congratulations Chris! We are all excited for what is to come!

Change is great, and without a doubt necessary.

Firing Craig Schoof was a bad move, but the way it was handled by the new head and BOD was downright appalling. In what industry is what just happened acceptable?

Who is safe? Who can voice their opinion or disagree with TH for that matter? Is it possible that the new direction is worse than where the old one left off?

TH before you make any rash decisions, please go shadow the school down the street. Better acceptance rates + better student life + better athletics / facilities + stronger donor pool--largely attributable to the strongest community that school has ever had.

-Disappointed Alum, disgusted that the only way to voice my opinion is anonymously online.

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Posted by Young Alum
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Craig has always been a friend and a mentor of mine. I am really sad to see him go.

Hopefully Chris can play a similar role for many to come.

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Posted by another anon
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm

"Appalling" is a word that can be used to describe a number of teacher firings in the last several years, notably Beth Orr, the drama teacher, who put in 15 years of dedicated service and helped countless students find a voice they might not ever had found otherwise. Many of her students were accepted at top-notch drama programs in college, and her productions were always excellently crafted and a terrific experience for the kids. She was summarily dumped by the admins above her in a callous and completely petty maneuver distinguished by its arrogance, incompetence, heartlessness, and stupidity. Let's hope the new head can do a better job than his predecessors, and rescue the creative arts department while he's at it.

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Posted by Menlo Alum
a resident of Woodside
on Apr 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Craig Schoof is an amazing teacher, coach, role model, and leader. Menlo should have built a statue of him and renamed the baseball field after him rather than the disgraceful way they ended his tenure.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Craig has and always will be [portion removed] who was biased towards the baseball program. I'm glad to see him go. [Portion removed.]

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