Sione Ta'ufo'ou has made the tough decision to leave Menlo-Atherton High in order to focus on a master's degree that he has been working on and would like to complete. He determined that he could not accomplish this goal and continue to coach football at the same time.
When Ta'ufo'ou became the Bears' head football coach for the 2010 season, the program had several different coaches over the previous few seasons. He brought great stability to the program when it was desperately needed. He instilled discipline, accountability, and structure to the program. In addition, he instituted a mandatory study hall and the number of football players who became ineligible plunged under his leadership.
Ta'ufo'ou, 32, assembled a solid coaching staff each year that bought into his philosophy of teaching the student-athlete as a whole, and that winning was a by-product of hard work, on and off the field. His teams reached the Central Coast Section playoffs each season and he holds the M-A record for most consecutive appearances in the postseason.
Ta'ufo'ou began Thursday night dinners during the season that fostered a sense of family. Each year, the football teams undertook a community service project, which ranged from doing work at Coach Ben Parks' home, to repainting the bleachers at Coach Parks field. He taught the players to feel pride in giving back to the community.
Ta'ufo'ou also worked tirelessly in his fundraising efforts, raising tens of thousands of dollars each year to buy equipment that wasn't supplied by the district.
"The entire M-A community is proud of Ta'ufo'ou's accomplishments and look upon his five years at the helm with great pride," wrote M-A co-Athletic Director Steven Kryger. "We have no doubt that his future will be paved with great success. Sione will always be a Bear."
Menlo-Atherton went 30-28 under Ta'ufo'ou, reaching the CCS Division I finals in 2011 before losing to Serra and finishing with his best record of 9-4. The Bears also advanced to the CCS semifinals in 2013.
A search is under way to find a new head football coach. Those interested should contact either Steven Kryger at email@example.com or Paul Snow, firstname.lastname@example.org.