The Menlo College Athletic Department is proud to announce Dana Banke as the newest head coach of the men's golf program, and inaugural head coach of the women's golf team which is set to begin competition in 2013-14.  The Northern California native is currently a class "A" PGA Member in good standing, and has had an extensive professional playing, teaching, and coaching career. 


"We are elated to have the opportunity to bring Dana into the Oaks family," said Menlo College Director of Athletics, Keith Spataro.  "His immeasurable knowledge of the game of golf, wealth of experience as a professional, and impressive level of coaching expertise makes him a perfect fit.  With Dana at the helm, I expect our golf program to develop into a force to be reckoned with for years to come." 


Banke has been the owner and head professional at Poplar Creek Golf Course in nearby San Mateo since 2008.  Prior to Poplar Creek, the San Jose State graduate spent time as General Manager of Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton, CA in 2007, and General Manager of the City of Alameda's Chuck Corica Golf Complex from 1996-2007.  As far as coaching experience is concerned, Banke has had previous stints as assistant men's golf coach at NCAA Division I's University of California, Berkeley, and University of Nevada. 


"I am extremely excited to be the new men's and women's golf coach for Menlo College," said Banke on joining the Oaks.  "I feel very honored to be a part of such a prestigious college and athletic program.  I am looking forward to building a highly competitive and successful golf program."


Banke will look to translate his widespread professional career, one that includes status as a PGA Member, European and Canadian Tour card holder, Head Professional at Poplar Creek and Adobe Creek Golf Club (Petaluma, CA), and Assistant Professional at San Francisco Golf Club and Meadow Golf Club (Marin, CA), into success here at Menlo College.  Banke has set lofty, yet attainable goals for the Oaks program. 


"My immediate goal would be to begin working with our players to help them develop their full potential as collegiate golfers," remarked Banke.  "At this level there can be a dramatic improvement in players' abilities and scores when proper swing mechanics and course management skills are developed.  Over the next few years I would like our teams to be in position to win a conference championship and be nationally ranked in the top 20.  I believe we have all the ingredients to become a premier golf program."


Banke will also have the proud distinction of sitting atop the helm of Menlo College's first ever women's golf program.  "It is awesome to be given the opportunity to build the first women's golf program at Menlo College," commented Banke, who does have prior coaching experience in the women's game after serving as the Assistant Women's Golf Coach at Monte Vista High School in Danville, CA.  "I have three daughters, one of which plays for golf for UC Irvine.  I have personal experience in developing female golfers with the intent of playing college golf, as well as a parents concern for selecting the correct program/school for their child.  I am aware that I need to begin development of this program immediately."