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Sports - February 21, 2014

Menlo searches for AD, baseball coach

Craig Schoof will be leaving Menlo School at the end of the year after a long and successful career in the classroom, on the baseball diamond and, for the past 14 years, at the helm of the athletics program.

"I have decided it is time for me to look for a different challenge. Professionally and personally, this is right thing for me to do," Schoof said. "Every 10 years or so I have enjoyed challenging myself with something new, whether it be moving to college coaching or moving from the middle school to high school, and now it is time for a big leap into a completely new environment."

In his 13-plus years as athletic director, Schoof has overseen a program that has won numerous titles every season — 120 league, 30 Central Coast Section, 15 NorCal and two state championships. During his tenure, the Knights have won at least one CCS title each year, and every sport has secured at least one league title — a first for the school.

Schoof, a history teacher, also started the school's student-athlete advisory board, a panel of student representatives from each varsity sport which meets with members from the Athletics Department to tackle issues, such as discipline and ethics.

Now in his 27th season, Schoof has overseen an incredibly successful Menlo baseball team. In 2011, he was named the ESPN Rise/Cal-Hi Sports state coach of the year after leading the Knights to back-to-back CCS championships. During two stints at Menlo, his teams have won 16 league titles and five section titles. He was named a CCS Honor Coach which recognizes those whom colleagues believe have made outstanding contributions to that sport at their school, within their league, in the community and to the section.

"Craig has done a tremendous amount of work and dedicated much time and energy toward helping build the Athletics program during his time at Menlo," Head of School Than Healy said. "He deserves all of our thanks for his efforts. This spring, we will celebrate Coach Schoof's contributions before he moves on to his next venture."


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