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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.
ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Men’s Basketball Head Coach has announced Jamison Montgomery as the newest member of his coaching staff for the 2016-17 season. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Montgomery brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to the Bay Area as he assumes the role of Assistant Coach for the Navy and White this season.
Montgomery comes to Menlo following a stint as the Assistant Athletic Director at Iowa Lakes Community College where he was active in game management for the department’s athletic programs. In addition to his duties as Asst. AD, Montgomery has been an assistant coach at high school basketball powerhouse Rufus King in Milwaukee – his alma mater.
Jamison was a four-year standout on the prep level, then took his talents to Benedictine University where he was a key component of a program that won three conference title and made an NCAA tournament appearance during his four-year tenure. Montgomery started36 of 52 games from his sophomore year forward, scored 400 points during that time frame and was name the team’s Most Improved Player in 2012.
Coach Aiona was an assistant coach on staff at Benedictine during Montgomery’s playing career and is thrilled to have him as a member of his coaching staff in Atherton.
“Jamison is a tremendous addition to our program,” said Coach Aiona. “I had the honor of coaching him at Benedictine University where he was a key player for us. He has an outstanding pedigree having played for and worked with several exceptional programs. Over the years I have watched Jamison grow into an excellent coach and recruiter. His positive enthusiasm is contagious and he will be a great mentor to our young men.”