Stefan McGovern will enter his second season as Menlo College Head Baseball Coach in 2013, coming off the program's best season of all-time in 2012. Entering the 2012 campaign, the program did not have a single playoff win under its belt, but with McGovern at the helm that quickly changed. The Oaks rolled off six playoff victories, won their first ever NAIA West Postseason Tournament Championship with four one-run victories in Portland, OR, and marched into the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history. In fact Menlo would win their first two games of the National Tournament, pushing the Oaks just two wins away from their first ever trip to the NAIA World Series.
Prior to his arrival at Menlo, McGovern enjoyed a successful tenure as assistant coach of NCAA Division II Metro State College of Denver. McGovern was part of the Roadrunners from 2009-11, and as hitting coach, his team racked up a number of impressive offensive numbers during the 2011 campaign. The squad averaged 8.7 runs per game in the 2011 season, a mark good enough for 6th in the nation, while the team's .330 batting average ranked 17th in the country.
Before the success at Metro State, McGovern helped guide Santa Barbara City College to a wealth of stellar 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 their 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.
McGovern has also spent the last three summers at three of the country's top Summer Collegiate Baseball Leagues. In 2011 McGovern was the field manager of the Rochester Honkers of the Northwood's Summer Collegiate League, the year before he was the head coach of the champion Denver Cougars of the Rocky Mountain Summer Collegiate League, and in 2009 McGovern was an assistant coach of the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaskan Summer Collegiate League.
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.
A Bay Area native, McGovern earned a Bachelors of Science from San Francisco State and a Masters from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. He currently resides in San Jose with his wife Nichole.
David Tufo enters his third season as assistant baseball coach at Menlo College, where he coaches the infielders and hitting. Along with his duties with the Oaks, Tufo works with Stanford's Junior Cardinal youth baseball academy as the associate director of operations and infield instructor. He has also been a mainstay in the Coastal Plains League since 2011, a summer collegiate baseball league covering North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. For the past two summers Tufo has been the associate head coach of the Fayetteville SwampDogs, and was most recently named head coach of the Forest City Owls for the upcoming 2013 season.
A graduate of Willamette University with a degree in economics, Tufo played baseball for the NCAA Division III Bearcats from 2006-09. He hails from the Bay Area and attended Burlingame High School where he lettered in baseball, and helped Burlingame win the Central Coast Section D-II championship in 2004.
Tufo currently resides San Bruno.
Chris Cleary enters his first year on the Menlo College baseball staff. Cleary is a recent graduate of Menlo College, where he played all four years of collegiate baseball and earned his degree in Sports Management. Although he is proud of being named an NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2012, Cleary is most proud of helping the Oaks to two of the best seasons in school history during his junior and senior years. His junior year, the Oaks set the school record for wins, going 32-18. His senior year he helped the Oaks to their first conference championship and playoff birth. The Oaks would go on to end the season two wins short of a College World Series berth.
Cleary was born and raised in Fresno, CA where he lettered in baseball at Clovis West High School. He is also a first-year head coach for Peninsula Baseball Club's U-14 travel team.
Dustin Woodward is in his first year with Menlo College Baseball, joining the staff as the pitching coach for the 2012-13 season. He spent 2011-12 as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Eastern New Mexico University where he worked primarily with catchers and outfielders. In 2010-2011, he served as the pitching coach at Culver-Stockton College (NAIA), in Canton, MO. While at Culver-Stockton College, the Wildcats qualified for the NAIA National Tournament by winning the Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season title with a record of 36-15 (24-4 HAAC). The pitching staff, which included three All-Conference selections, compiled a regular season ERA of 3.76, down from 7.06 the previous season.
Woodward, a native of Chico, CA, played high school baseball at Pleasant Valley High School. He continued his career at Mendocino College, in Ukiah, CA, and Freed-Hardeman University (NAIA, Henderson, TN). In 2006 he was named All TranSouth Conference as a catcher, graduating with his BA in History in 2008. Woodward coached for six years in the Chico American Legion Baseball program with the Chico Suns Blue, amassing an overall record of 120-31-2 in three seasons as head coach, finishing runner up at the state championship tournament in 2008.
In the summer of 2011, Woodward served as the hitting coach for the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers of the Northwoods League, where he met Coach McGovern. He spent the last summer as the hitting coach for the Las Cruces Vaqueros of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, where the offense rewrote Pecos League record books. He is also involved with the Oroville Pirates, a California summer collegiate baseball team that participates in the Horizon Air Summer Series.
Woodward hails from Chico, CA and currently resides in San Jose.