Koberlein has a long, distinguished history with the local athletic scene and has years of experience as an athletic administrator at most every level.
"I couldn't be more thankful for my experience at Stanford University," Koberlein said. "I would like to thank all the phenomenal coaches, student-athletes and staff that I have had the pleasure to work with and learn from over the past 25 years. The experience has truly shaped who I am today. The commitment to excellence in both academics and athletics is a noble pursuit that I cherish and am totally committed to, and I wouldn't leave Stanford for an institution that didn't share similar goals of academic and athletic excellence.''
He also has established ties with Menlo in the form of Keith Larsen and John Paye, the Knights' boys and girls basketball coaches, respectively.
Larsen worked with Koberlein on the Stanford coaching staff and Paye was a teammate for three years.
Koberlein has been serving as Stanford's senior associate athletic director for intercollegiate sports since 2006 and has been working at Stanford since 1993. He played basketball at Stanford between 1982-86.
"Earl will serve the coaches and students well, and with tremendous passion and integrity," said Bernard Muir, Stanford Director of Athletics. "Earl is a highly qualified, seasoned administrator who prioritizes student-athlete welfare and genuinely cares about providing the best possible student-athlete experience."
Koberlein takes over from fellow Stanford grad Kris Weems, who is an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors G-League team in Santa Cruz. Weems played basketball at Stanford when Koberlein was an assistant administrator with the program.
"Among this powerful group, Earl stood out in his proven ability to mentor and support coaches and in his deep and proven connection to students," Menlo Head of School Than Healy said. "Earl is someone who recognizes the power of athletics to teach character, and his experiences at Stanford have enabled him to develop a program to support this goal for our students."
At Stanford, his responsibilities included overseeing the men's and women's swimming and diving, men's soccer, men's and women's water polo, wrestling, lacrosse and softball programs.
Koberlein oversaw sports medicine, sports performance, sports nutrition and sport psychology. Koberlein has served on the NCAA Men's Soccer committee and has served as an NCAA site representative for numerous NCAA Baseball Championships. Koberlein also served as a member and chair of the NCAA's Olympic Sport Liaison Committee from 2011-14.
Koberlein graduated from Stanford with a degree in psychology in 1987 and went on to play professional basketball in Australia. He earned a master's in sport management from USF in 1994.
"I will work hard to provide an outstanding student-athlete experience for the Menlo student-athletes," Koberlein said. "It took a special place to pull me away from Stanford, and Menlo is an exciting opportunity for me to positively impact the lives of many young student-athletes. I look forward to getting to work at Menlo and helping transform young lives."
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