ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Men's Volleyball is set to kick off its inaugural season in 2017-18 and it will do so under the guidance and tutelage of a familiar face in former women's volleyball head coach, Atlee Frechette. Frechette recently completed her fourth season as the head of the women's program where she led the team to a Cal Pac title in 2014 and finished fourth in all-time wins for a women's volleyball head coach at Menlo College. Her duties of recruiting the college's first ever class of men's volleyball players is ongoing.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to start the Men's Volleyball program," said Coach Frechette. "There is a lot that goes into building a new program, but the chance to start something special from the ground floor up can be very rewarding. Men's volleyball is a great sport and I'm excited that Menlo College is a part of its bright future."
Frechette continued "I am looking forward to bringing in motivated young athletes who embody the mission of the college and can compete against the best in the sport."
Men's volleyball will be the 16th varsity sport on the campus of Menlo College and was a natural fit for the area considering the high level of prep play in the heart of Menlo's recruiting markets, California and Hawai'i. Additionally, Menlo Athletics' governing body, the NAIA classifies Men's Volleyball as an emerging sport with 32 member institutions currently offering the sport at the varsity level. The sport is recognized by the NAIA which endorses a national invitational event to conclude each season. Menlo's first ever regular season will begin in the spring of 2018.
In addition to her successful coaching resume Coach Frechette was a standout player collegiately and professionally. Atlee played collegiately at NCAA Div. I CSU Sacramento where she was named 1st team All-Big Sky Conference in 2005 and 2006. She was also named to the Big Sky Conference all-tournament team three times throughout her collegiate career. Frechette went on to continue her volleyball career professionally and in 2012, she played a season for the NCVA Dream team that competed in the inaugural USA Volleyball Premier League. She also competed as a professional in various countries around the world. In 2008, Frechette competed as an outside hitter for Bogor, Proliga in Indonesia. From 2008-10, Frechette headed to Spain where she played for Voley Murica, Superliga 2 in Spain. Her time overseas proved to be an integral piece in her development both as a player and a coach.
Frechette graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography in 2007. She currently resides in Portola Valley, Calif. with her husband Jonathan.
A national search for the next Menlo College Women's Volleyball coach is ongoing.