Jeff LaMere has been hired as boys basketball coach and Chris Crader has been hired as girls volleyball coach at Palo Alto High.
“Both are program builders who will be assets to Paly for years to come,’’ Palo Alto athletic director Therren Wilburn said. “They are role models for our student-athletes, both on and off the playing field.’’
LaMere replaces Rodney Tention, who left Paly after one year as head coach to take a position on the coaching staff at Cal Poly.
LaMere coached the Palo Alto freshman team this past season and has over 19 years of college coaching experience. He spent eight years at Stanford as assistant athletic director of basketball operations from 2008-2016 and six years at Duke. He is also a Palo Alto Parks and Recreation commissioner.
“Jeff was instrumental in our team’s success,’’ Wilburn said, "not only coaching the freshman team but in helping Rodney with scouting and film breakdown.’"
Crader has had notable success as a high school volleyball coach at Carlmont, Menlo School and Presentation. He has also worked at Stanford for years in technology support and training and as an application consultant for the Office of Development and the Stanford Alumni Association.
He replaces Benji Saetang as head coach.
“The experience Chris had as a volleyball coach at Carlmont in a public school setting will be very valuable,’’ Wilburn said. “He’s very thorough, very diligent which should make for an easy transition to success here.’’