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Jon Surface enters his fourth season as head coach of the Menlo College Men's Basketball Team. The Stanton, Calif. native made a huge splash in his first season at the helm back in 2010-11, leading the Oaks to their first California Pacific Conference title in nearly a decade and only third in the program's history. The remarkable season netted Surface with the Cal Pac Coach of the Year Award.
In three seasons as head coach, Surface has compiled an overall record of 31-53 with a 19-15 mark in California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) play. In 2012-13, Surface led the Oaks to the Cal Pac Tournament Championship Game where they fell just one possession short of earning a berth to the NAIA National Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons.. Under his direction, seven Oaks have been recognized on the All-Cal Pac First Team, including two Cal Pac Players of the Year, one Defender of the Year, and one Newcomer of the Year.
Surface was promoted to head coach of the men's basketball program in May 2010 after serving as the assistant coach for the past four seasons, as well as the Oaks assistant athletic trainer for the past six. He inherited a team that went 12-16 during the 2009-10 season that lost in the California Pacific Conference Tournament Championship Game.
Prior to arriving at Menlo, Surface spent time as an athletic trainer with the San Francisco 49ers, Stanford University, and Davis High School. During his time as assistant coach he was instrumental in the development of Menlo's post players.
Surface graduated from UC Davis in 1998 after helping the Aggies men's basketball team win the NCAA Div. II National Championship. He later coached under UC Davis teammate Brandon Laird at Menlo, who held the position after another Aggies teammate, Kevin Nosek, led the Oaks.
He currently resides in nearby Palo Alto.
A native of Klamath Falls, Ore. Tyler Rajnus enters the coaching ranks for the first time as he joins head coach Jon Surface’s coaching staff for the 2013-14 season. Rajnus is no stranger to Menlo College and the men’s basketball program having played a pair of seasons for the Oaks spanning 2008-10 where he tallied 154 points and pulled down 111 rebounds. During his senior season in 2009-10, Rajnus averaged 5.7 points and 4.11 rebounds per game. A 6-7 post during his playing days, Rajnus now looks to mentor Menlo big men and help the team to continued success in the Cal Pac and beyond.
Griffin Reilly joins the Menlo College Men’s Basketball program as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. Reilly joins Coach Surface’s staff following a successful playing career at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) from 2008-2011 and a season at San Francisco State University in 2012. Reilly went on to play professionally for Gandia Basquet in Spain for the 2012-13 season.
A native of San Jose, Reilly played his prep career at Bellarmine College Prep. He holds a degree in Sociology and currently resides in San Jose.