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Kaniela Aiona begins his first year as Menlo College Men's Basketball Head Coach in 2015-16. Aiona brings with him a wealth of knowledge as a coach, recruiter and professional scout. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.) from 2006-2008 and earned a master's degree in Education. From there, he spent a pair of seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Div. III Lake Forest College and two seasons at NCAA Div. III Benedictine University (Lisle, Ill.) before assuming his most recent position at Saint Leo University. His duties as an assistant coach have included recruiting, scouting, player development, basketball operations, fundraising and strength and conditioning. In addition to his collegiate coaching duties, Aiona has worked as a Chicago regional scout for ClibHoops, trained national team members from Italy, Latvia, Ukraine, Greece, China and Taiwan and worked for Attack Athletics in 2011 where he trained six NBA Draftees.
Aiona earned his bachelor's degree from Webster University (Groves, Mo.) where he was a four-year letter winner and helped the team to a pair of conference championships and an NCAA National Tournament appearance as the team's captain. He was both all-conference and academic all-conference and graduated in the Top 10 in school history in points, rebounds, blocks and free throws made.
Dustin Johnston joins the Menlo College men's basketball staff in 2015-16 as the lead Assistant Coach for the Oaks.
Coach Johnston will help advance the Menlo program in all phases. He will coordinate recruiting, student athlete development, opponent scouting, fundraising, and travel.
"Dustin is a fantastic coach and a tremendous role model for our student athletes," Says Menlo Head Coach Kaniela Aiona. "He brings in excellent coaching experience at the high school and college levels and has shown a special ability to connect with recruits and families."
Johnston comes to Menlo from Saint Leo University in Florida where he was an Assistant Coach for the 2014-15 season. Coach Johnston was integral in the Lions success as he assisted in practice planning, scouting, recruiting, video, travel and all other aspects of the Lions program.
Prior to his time at Saint Leo, Coach "DJ" coached at his Alma Mater, Trinity International in Deerfield, IL. There he served in all capacities as assistant coach and also as head junior varsity coach for the 2013-14 season.
Coach Johnston has a strong background in video having served as video coordinator at Saint Leo and also as video analyst with Krossover Intelligence, a renowned basketball video analysis company.
Johnston began his coaching career at the prep level as a coach at St. Croix Preperatory Academy in Stillwater, MN and Riverdale High School in Muscoda, WI.
"Having worked with Dustin at Saint Leo, I know first hand that he is a person of impeccable character and has a work ethic second to none. We are very fortunate to welcome Dustin, his wife Jenny and their son Klayton to the Menlo Community".
The 2010 graduate of Trinity International holds a degree in sports and wellness management. Johnston also holds a masters degree in leadership from TIU.