Keith Larsen has been let go as the Menlo School boys basketball coach. In seven years at Menlo he compiled a record of 117-62.
“It was a shock to me,'' Larsen said. “I thought 90% of the kids enjoyed themselves. But what I was told was that some of the kids weren't happy with my coaching style. They wanted a kinder, gentler coach Larsen.''
A very well-liked individual in the Peninsula basketball community for his sense of humor and personality, Larsen began his coaching career in 1979 as an assistant at Mills under Bill Smith and Bob Thompson, and got his first head coaching job at Woodside.
From there, he joined Mike Montgomery's staff at Stanford before becoming the head coach and athletic director at Menlo College. He left Menlo, an NCAA Division III program, after five years to take the head job at Division II Cal State Stanislaus. He stayed at the college in Turlock for seven years before returning to Menlo to coach the high school team.
“I get it, I rubbed kids the wrong way,” Larsen said. “They're used to a gentler approach. The issue is, what is happening with high school athletics? A lot of guys are getting fired.''
Larsen said he will continue teaching physical education at Menlo and helping out with the track and field, cross country and golf teams.