The Menlo College Athletic Department is proud to introduce Michell Vlahos as the newest head coach of the softball program. Vlahos enters her Oaks tenure after a great deal of success at both the NCAA Division I level and the NAIA stage, most recently coming over from UC Riverside where she spent one year as assistant coach.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Michell lead our softball program into an exciting new era," said Menlo Director of Athletics Keith Spataro. "Michell's wealth of experience, vast knowledge of the game, and tremendous track record provide an incredible opportunity to turn the softball team into a perennial powerhouse year in and year out."
While at Riverside, Vlahos played an influential role as hitting coach in leading the Highlanders to the program's most wins in Division I history with 25, while the team's .281 batting average was also the highest mark of all-time. Prior to coming to Riverside, Vlahos helped propel NAIA Savannah College of Art and Design to greater heights as assistant/hitting coach. The Bees enjoyed two 30-win seasons, two Sun Conference titles, and two trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament in Vlahos' three years with the program. SCAD also dominated the conference from an offensive standpoint, leading the pack in team batting average all three seasons with Vlahos as hitting coach.
Now at Menlo, she is eager to carry over her previous success in turning the Lady Oaks into a force to be reckoned with. "I was elated to hear that I would be the head coach of the Oaks softball team. I felt that it was the right place for me the moment I stepped on campus" commented Vlahos on the prospects of joining the program. "Keith [Spataro] has given me some great resources to work with; good facilities, great staff, and authority to implement what are necessary into this program to succeed. With these to help, I bring the love of the game, dedication to the program, and the expectation of excellence."
From an x's and o's standpoint, Vlahos has proven her ability to produce championship caliber ball clubs. Equally as impressive has been her capacity to develop character, strive for academic success, and promote outstanding morals throughout the course of competition. While at SCAD, Vlahos was an NAIA Champions of Character Coach each and every year, in addition to playing a significant role in developing seven Daktronics NAIA scholar-athletes.
Vlahos will attempt to achieve similar accolades throughout her Menlo career, coupled with the vital objective of on-field success. "My first goal is to make the team competitive within the California Pacific Conference," remarked the Utah State University graduate. "Within the next few years I have goals to create a winning tradition for the softball team and have a promising opportunity in making it to the National Championship Tournament."