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Menlo College AD inducted into wrestling hall of fame

 

Menlo College not only hosted the 2015 National Wrestling Hall of Fame/California Chapter induction ceremonies recently, but the Oaks had one of their own honored.

Keith Spataro, pioneer of the wrestling program at Menlo College and the school's current Director of Athletics, was honored for his commitment to the sport of wrestling as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a "Lifetime Service to Wrestling" award winner.

Spataro was one of 11 people honored and one of eight from the Northern California region to claim a Lifetime Service Award.

A tremendous success both as a competitor, coach and administrator, Spataro was a two-time Coast Conference champion at Skyline College in 1989-91 and went on to claim All-American status both seasons. He was the team's captain and was also voted as its Most Outstanding Wrestler.

From there he was selected to represent USA Wrestling on the California Cultural Exchange Team touring Japan in 1990 and returned to wrestle at San Francisco State University. While at SFSU, Spataro was a NCAC Conference champion, a West Regional champion, a team captain and a two-time place winner and All-American.

He transitioned his competitive career into a coaching career, beginning during his time as a wrestler at San Francisco State where he congruently coached the San Mateo High team and led the Bearcats to three Peninsula Athletic League championships with a 47-8 combined record.

After a year as co-head coach at Riordan in San Francisco, Spataro became the head coach at Skyline College from 1995-2000. Following that stint, he took on the task of building the wrestling program and Menlo College from the ground up.

He served as its head coach until 2008 and amassed a 182-116-1 record, winning two NAIA West Region Championships, coaching six national champions, 29 All-Americans, 36 Honorable Mention All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans. He was twice named West Region Coach of the Year.

In 2008, he entered the realm of administration as Menlo College's Director of Athletics. He has twice been named the California Pacific Conference Athletic Director of the Year and was honored as an Under Armor Athletic Director of the Year in 2014.

Spataro was inducted into the Skyline College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011 and is currently involved with the National Wrestling Coaches Association, National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors, and is a Board Member of California USA Wrestling.

Women's golf

East Bay product Tiffany Chan signed a letter to study and play golf at Menlo College it was announced Tuesday.

Chan was a four-year varsity letter winner for powerhouse Monte Vista High School in Danville.

Chan led the Mustangs as co-captain her junior and senior seasons.

Oaks coach Dana Banke and assistant coach Sara Banke issued a combined statement, "We are excited to see what strengths Chan can bring to the Oaks in fall of 2015."

— Menlo College Athletics

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