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Baseball - Thu, Sep. 29, 2011

The Menlo Athletic Department is proud to announce Stefan McGovern as their new Head Baseball Coach.  McGovern enters his Oaks tenure after a successful stint as assistant coach with Metro State College of Denver since 2009.  As hitting coach, McGovern led the Roadrunners to 8.7 runs a game last season, good enough for 6th in the nation, while their .330 batting average was good enough for 17th in the country.

 

McGovern, a Bay Area native, is more than enthusiastic about his return to the place where he grew up.  "I am very excited for this opportunity" said the graduate of San Francisco State.  "I couldn't ask for much more than to do it at a school like Menlo, and to be able to come back home is just icing on the cake."

 

Before the success at Metro State, McGovern helped guide Santa Barbara City College to a wealth of impressive accomplishments as the assistant coach from 2006-2009.  Two out of McGovern's three seasons in the mix, SBCC reached the Southern California Regional Playoffs including winning the first conference championship since 1972.  The school also set program records for wins in a season with 34, conference victories with 20, and shattered offensive marks with a .332 team batting average, 49 HR's, and 161 SB's in the '07 year.

 

As a player McGovern enjoyed a storied career as an outfielder, playing his first two collegiate years at Santa Barbara City College before joining San Francisco State for his last two.  He played his high school ball at local powerhouse Bellarmine College Prep.   

 

The Oaks are coming into the 2012 campaign after their best finish in school history during the 2011 season.  A school record 32 wins and their first ever playoff appearance is just the beginning for McGovern.  "I am very familiar with the area and understand what it takes to get the job done," remarked the first year head coach.  "By the looks of it there is no reason why we should be short on talent.  The playoffs are a nice start but our goal is to get to the NAIA World Series."   

 

"The baseball program is on the cusp of greatness and Stefan is the perfect fit to push us over the top," commented Athletic Director Keith Spataro.  "His exuberance and passion for coaching is truly remarkable and we feel extremely fortunate to have him as part of the Oaks family."