Stefan McGovern has come full circle.
McGovern, who was named the baseball coach at Menlo College on Thursday, is a Bay Area native. He attended Bellarmine Prep and graduated from San Francisco State.
â€œI couldn't ask for much more than to do it at a school like Menlo," McGovern said. â€œAnd to be able to come back home is just icing on the cake."
McGovern has spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Metro State College in Denver. Serving as a hitting coach last season, the Roadrunners averaged 8.7 runs a game, sixth in the nation, and batted .330, 17th in the country.
â€œThe baseball program is on the cusp of greatness and Stefan is the perfect fit to push us over the top," Menlo AD Keith Spataro said. â€œHis exuberance and passion for coaching is truly remarkable and we feel extremely fortunate to have him as part of the Oaks family."
McGovern, an outfielder in high school and college, also spent three years at Santa Barbara City College as an assistant coach, and helped the team set numerous offensive records.
The Oaks are coming off heir best finish in school history, and made their first ever appearance in the postseason.
â€œI am very familiar with the area and understand what it takes to get the job done," McGovern said. â€œBy the looks of it there is no reason why we should be short on talent. The playoffs are a nice start but our goal is to get to the NAIA World Series."
Senior Amanda Sutter recorded 14 kills and Menlo College beat visiting Pacific Union, 25-8, 25-14, 25-18, Thursday night in a Cal Pac Conference match.
Senior Jessica Atthowe recorded a game-high 25 assists and junior Camille Miller added 10 kills while hitting at a .533 clip.
â€œWe did a really good job of doing the little things that we have been practicing," Sutter said. â€œI was also really proud of our bench. They played great for us."
Menlo (2-1, 6-9) resumes play with a Cal Pac match at home against UC Merced on Saturday, Oct. 8.