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Menlo School makes coaching change in football


Josh Bowie has been replaced as Menlo School football coach it was learned Saturday.

“Monday I had a review with the AD (Earl Koberlein),’’ Bowie said. “Even though we went 3-7, the culture of the program was very good. The AD was pleased. He suggested changes in the staff. I made those on Wednesday. The pushback came on Friday and I was forced out. That’s OK, I’m good with it.’’

Josh Bowie
"Josh is a first class individual,'' Koberlein wrote in an e-mail. "He cares so much for his athletes and we appreciated his ability to mentor the young men in his care and the valuable life lessons that he taught, that we all strive to teach high school students. We wish Josh the best in his future endeavors."

Defensive coordinator Todd Smith has been promoted to head coach.

"I am so excited for Todd and look forward to him leading a football program that the Menlo community will be proud of,'' Koberlein wrote. "His enthusiasm, leadership, ability to build relationships with his athletes, football acumen, motivational style and passion for football and Menlo are the exciting traits that Todd brings to his new well-deserved role."

Menlo went 7-14 in Bowie’s two years as head coach.

“I think the kids had a good experience,’’ Bowie said. “When I started there were only 49 in the program, now there’s 80. The politics involved are pretty substantial.’’

Bowie was a head coach at Woodside and served as an assistant at Capuchino, Sacred Heart Prep and Woodside before coming to Menlo.

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