The Menlo Athletic Department closes out one of the fondest and most memorable chapters in the department's history, saying goodbye to head football coach Fred Guidici. After 14 years with the Oaks, Guidici has taken a spot as the Special Teams Coordinator of his alma mater, NCAA Division I San Jose State University.
"Fred has given so much of his life to Menlo College and his time and effort to me personally as I took over the department has been second to none," commented Menlo Athletic Director Keith Spataro. "Fred has remained a steadfast and professional in the approach he takes to work daily. We will miss him dearly."
Guidici spent the last three years as head football coach of the Oaks where he was at the helm of ten NAIA All-Independent selections and another seven All-Northwest Conference recognitions while Menlo was still a member of the NWC.
Before becoming the program's head coach, Guidici spent a great deal of his Oaks career as the team's Special Teams Coordinator as well as the department's Recruiting Coordinator. He was instrumental in leading a number of record-setting special teams units at Menlo prior to taking over as head coach. In 2006, the Oaks special teams scored touchdowns in three consecutive games and four on the season. The team was led by All-American Kick Returner Jihad Mahasin, who led NCAA Div. III with 33.2 yards per return, and All-American Punt Returner Galen Perry, who finished 9th in the country with 15.2 yards per return. The Oaks led the Northwest Conference and finished fourth nationally with an average of 16.0 yards per punt return. Menlo also ranked 8th nationally in punt returns and 9th in kickoff returns in 2001. Under Coach Guidici's tutelage, Menlo's special teams have 39 blocked kicks since 1996.
"Fred is a dear friend to all that he has touched in his time and will be missed by the students, alumni, administration, and faculty," said Spataro on the departure of Guidici. "His contributions are immeasurable and indeed remarkable."