As far as Givens is concerned, he relishes the opportunity to join the Menlo staff, working under the direction of Spataro. "When I previously coached in the Bay Area, I had always envied coaches at Menlo College. Menlo provides a small college atmosphere, where I have a chance to work with student-athletes, and have an opportunity to have a positive impact on their lives," claims Givens. "Keith Spataro has a philosophy that enables all the coaches to work together. Keith's passion and commitment to make Menlo College Athletics a class organization by implementing a ‘Family Atmosphere' for all coaches and student-athletes was all I needed to hear for my final decision."
The Menlo Athletics Program is proud to announce Mike Givens as their new Head Softball Coach. Givens brings a wealth of experience to the forefront after serving as the Director/Head Coach for Softball U-18 since 2006, as well as the Head Baseball Coach, and Assistant Softball Coach for Sandpoint High School in Sandpoint, Idaho since 2005.
The impressive resume and winning attitude displayed by Givens throughout his previous tenures should pay huge dividends, as he looks to turn around the Oaks Softball Program. "Mike has been extremely successful everywhere he has been and brings a great deal of experience and success to the softball program," remarked Menlo Athletic Director Keith Spataro. "His ability to teach and prepare student athletes to be successful is quite remarkable. Mike has a vision of where the program should go and has already established many goals for the coming year. He is a tireless worker that we feel extremely lucky to have as a part of the Oak family."
Givens brings a number of lofty yet attainable goals to the program, confident that his team can maintain success on and off the field. "I want to develop a core standard for our players to achieve academic excellence, become outstanding role models for our youth, and a tradition and expectation for all current and future Menlo College softball players that winning and competition is an attitude that will empower them to compete for the Cal Pac Conference Championship continuously," commented Givens.