M-A boys' basketball looking for a new head coach

Senque Carey was a top national recruit as a player out of St. Francis High and was regarded as one of the nation's best assistant basketball coaches while at Fresno State. The East Palo Alto native, however, struggled as the boys' head coach at Menlo-Atherton High and now is looking for a new job.

Carey was released from his position as the Bears' head coach this week by M-A co-athletic directors Steven Kryger and Paul Snow.

"We appreciate all of the time and effort Coach Carey put into this program and thank him for his services," Kryger said. "We feel at this time it is in the best interest of Menlo-Atherton to go in a different direction with regards to our boys' basketball program. We wish Coach Carey much success in his future endeavors.

"We will begin our search for a new coach in the coming weeks."

Carey just finished his second season with M-A, which struggled with injuries and finished 4-6 in the PAL Ocean Division after being demoted from the PAL Bay Division following a 5-5 campaign in 2010-11.

The Bears failed to reach the CCS Division I playoffs this season after wrapping up a 13-13 campaign with a second-round loss in the Peninsula Athletic League playoffs.

Menlo-Atherton went 13-14 in Carey's first season, which saw the Bears advance to the CCS Division I second round before losing to No. 6 seed Oak Grove. In his two seasons at M-A, Carey was 9-11 in league and 26-27 overall.

Carey was honored by Basketball Times Magazine in 2010 as one of the nation's top 100 assistant coaches in college basketball, after concluding his fifth season as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Fresno State. He also served as an assistant coach at Portland State.

Carey played collegiately for both the University of Washington and New Mexico.

Candidates interested in the boys' varsity basketball coaching job at M-A can contact Kryger or Snow at the Menlo-Atherton AD office at 322-5311 (ext. 5761). Snow also can be reached at and Kryger can be reached at

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online


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Posted by MAalumni
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 25, 2012 at 4:25 am

To clear the air, Coach Senque forgot to turn the bears paperwork into CCS. This coach was a poor leader and it's a step in the right direction for m-a to look elsewhere. So long coach q!

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Posted by M-A Fan
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Failed to reach CCS Tournament does not tell the story. The coach, athletic director, and CCS should have a process to ensure the qualified teams they are responsible for are able to compete in the tournament they were qualified to play in. Why won't any of those responsible confirm whether or not the paperwork was submitted to the CCS seeding committee? Forgot to submit the paperwork is too kind. Hard working high school athletes can't represent themselves so they need their leaders to watch out for them.

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Posted by MA student
a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Horrible coach, very unpredictable, tried to lose numerous games... For example, Against half moon bay he started the 5 bottom players and only played the regular starters a few mins late in the second half after getting down by 40. Glad he's gone.

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