Lisle is named the softball coach at Menlo College


Former Santa Clara assistant Matt Lisle, an East Bay native, was named Menlo College's softball coach by Director of Athletics Keith Spataro on Tuesday.

"I'm thrilled to bring Matt on board and am excited about what he brings to the department and the softball program," said Spataro. "Matt stood out in the interview process through his preparation and clear knowledge and passion for the game along his understanding of who we are as a College and Athletics Department."

Matt Lisle
At Santa Clara, Lisle helped improve the team's batting average it to its second highest mark in school history and helped lead the squad to its most wins in a single season for the first time in a decade.

Lisle served previously as the hitting and catching coach at Cal State East Bay, where he helped lead an offensive turnaround that saw the Pioneers hit 48 home runs a year after hitting seven.

The Pioneers were also second in the CCAA in conference slugging percentage at .455 and RBI with 156. The Pioneers finished the season ranked No. 36 in the NCAA in home runs per game as well.

Lisle has also worked with hitters and catchers at the University of Oregon as a member of the coaching staff that helped lead the Ducks to their first ever Pac-12 Conference title.

He coached college and high school baseball for 14 years previous to joining the Ducks.

"It is truly an honor to be the newest member of the athletic department at Menlo College," said Lisle. "I've coached at every level, from high school to NAIA to NCAA Division I, and feel the most at home at Menlo."

In addition to his coaching resume, Lisle is a highly-respected hitting consultant to a number of professional baseball and softball players through his website and also serves as an associate scout for the Detroit Tigers.

"The community and culture at Menlo College is, is exactly what I have been looking for," Lisle said. "Athletic Director Keith Spataro, Vice President Steven Weiner and all the staff and players have been beyond welcoming in this process and my family and I are really excited about being members of the Oak family."

Lisle earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Patten University in 2006. He and his wife Jessica have four children; Alicia, Chappie, Chase and Presley and currently reside in Martinez.

Girls Soccer

Castilleja earned one of the 29 CIF State Academic Team Championship banners, it was announced Tuesday.

The Gators' team GPA of 3.92 was the highest, based on an unweighted 4.0 scale, in their sport in the state.

Castilleja will receive a banner, suitable for display in their school gym, to recognize this accomplishment.

All nominees were their respective CIF Section academic team champions. Section offices forwarded their winners in all sports to the state office for consideration.

Castilleja was one of four CCS schools to earn a banner.

San Francisco International (girls cross country, girls wrestling, girls track & field and co-ed badminton) had three teams accomplish a state-high in team GPA, the most from any school.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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