Boys basketball, girls volleyball coaches hired at Palo Alto

Jeff LaMere, Chris Crader take over at Paly

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.’’

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Posted by Paly Dad
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 29, 2019 at 6:51 pm

Really! A freshman coach who I did not hear good things about. We are talking about a top notch public school program.

Might as well as just hired Columbo over at Jordan, at least I saw him get kids to play hard and rugged, offensive scheme needs work but he gets kids playing great D and hard all over the court and my kid absolutely loved playing for him.

Very disappointed but will give the guy a chance.

Really, a job like this, hard to believe!

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Posted by What !
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 30, 2019 at 3:33 pm

@Paly Dad: This new coach has been around the college game, Stanford and DUKE and worked for one of best college coaches in history of game. He has tremendous amount of experience! He just coached freshman last year because it was open and kudos for him coaching at that level with his experience.

He will do a great job, is a local guy and resident and will be here for the long run which these kids need.

I for one am very excited about this hire and I know quite a few others who are also excited and just very glad someone was hired who will be here for a period of time.

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Posted by Thanks
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 22, 2019 at 11:29 am

Welcome abroad. Coaching at high schools are tough and exhausting job. Thanks and appreciate coaching at Paly

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