Menlo School brings in a trio of new coaches this year


Menlo School announced three new head coaches: For the fall season, Alana Burgess will lead girls' water polo and Jim Miller will take the reins of the girls' golf program. In the spring, Kelly Crowley is the Knights swim coach.

“We are excited to have Alana Burgess and Jim Miller join us, and that Kelly Crowley is returning," Menlo Director of Athletics Kris Weems said. “They not only have played at the top levels of their sport, they also have years of experience in coaching student-athletes. Most importantly, we believe they will uphold the highest standards of character and sportsmanship within our Athletics programs."

Alana Burgess
Burgess comes to Menlo from San Jose State, where she was an assistant coach for the nationally ranked women's water polo program.

She served as girls' water polo head coach for the Coronado Aquatics Club before going to San Jose State. She was the assistant coach for her alma mater Coronado High for two seasons, helping lead the 2015 Islanders to a 19-8 record and a spot in the CIF-San Diego Section girls' water polo playoffs.

Burgess earned a degree in public administration from San Diego State, where she was a four-year member of the water polo team, and the team's assist leader as a senior.

Miller is a PGA Class A pro who taught golf courses at Stanford, and joined as an assistant golf pro in 2011.

Miller, along with then-Athletic Director Jez McIntosh started Castilleja golf program in 1999. He then led the team to league titles and a second-place finish at the CCS Championship in 2010 for the school's first bid to CIF-NorCals.

Miller coached Castilleja for 12 years, and coached the Pinewood boys for six years.

Crowley is a familiar face on the Menlo pool deck. She served as an assistant swim coach and taught swimming in the middle school. The two-sport Paralympic medalist and retired professional cyclist is a writer and speaker, a USA swimming coach, and founder-director of the ParaSport Institute.

Over the course of her professional career Crowley won numerous national titles in both swimming and cycling.

As a swimmer, Crowley held two World records, competed at the 2003 FINA World Championships, and won two gold medals in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.

As a cyclist, Crowley was a world champion time trialist in 2007 and raced professionally with Primal/Map My Ride in 2012. She won two bronze medals at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Crowley holds a master's degree from Santa Clara University in Public Administration. She worked in a variety of positions in Bay Area non-profit organizations before becoming a swimming coach.

Burgess and Crowley take over for Matt Jones, who stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Miller takes over for Ron Driscoll, who retired after 13 years at Menlo teaching basketball and golf, which is coming off a school-record season and a fourth-place finish at CCS.


Sacred Heart Prep junior Sara Choy went 5-2 at the USTA National Championships in San Diego over the weekend, reaching the fourth round of the 18s consolation bracket.

Menlo Park resident Elena Van Linge reached the round of 64 in the 16s and finished 2-2.

Gunn junior Emily Zhou lost both of her matches in the 18s.

Incoming Stanford freshman Emma Higuchi reached the quarterfinals of the 18s before losing to eventual champion Kayla Day, a Santa Barbara senior.

— Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics

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