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Kaniela Aiona enters his second year as Menlo College Men's Basketball Head Coach in 2016-17. During his inaugural season at the helm of the program, the Oaks tripled their win total and reached double-digits in the win column. Additionally, they beat four teams that held a top-25 ranking including a marquee victory over the 10th ranked team in the nation, Arizona Christian. the win over Arizona Christian goes in the record books as its first victory over a top-10 opponent in program history. Menlo has seen a marked improvement as the team ranked second in NAIA Div. I in free throw percentage (74%), 17th in total rebound defense (33.897), 25th in scoring defense per game (72.655), and 49th in three-point shooting percentage (34.6%). The team's assist-to-turnover ratio was the highest the program has seen in over ten years. Some of the greatest victories happened off the court, where three significant honors were given to his players. Skyler Sexton earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and GSAC Scholar-Athlete honors while another was awarded the Cliff Hamlow Champion of Character Award, the first time a Menlo Men's Basketball player received the award.
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.”
Daniel Mooney is one of the newest assistants to the Men's Basketball coaching staff and he has been involved with basketball at every level imaginable. Mooney started his coaching career back in 1989 when he was in Germany. He worked as a youth coach while he was a player oversea's. He got his first head coaching position at Bethany University where he coached the Men and Women's basketball team. After 9 years at Bethany University, Mooney became the coach for the National Junior Basketball at Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Mooney became the Head Basketball Coach at Monte Vista Christian School. Mooney became a basketball coach / advocate for the German Internation School of Silicon Valley along with being a Basketball Coach at One on One Basketball Inc. In 2014, He became the Head Basketball Coach at Christopher High School.
Mooney was a standout prep player a St. Agnes HS and Freeport HS. During his senior year, his team finished second in the state tournament after being the Nassau County and Long Island Champs. Mooney continued his playing career at University at New Paltz in upstate New York. At his time at New Paltz, Mooney was a three time Team Captain, scored over 1,000 career points, and is the third all-time leading scorer in his school's respective history. After his collegiate career, Mooney would go on to play multiple seasons in the NBA and overseas. He played for three NBA teams which include the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, and the Sacramento Kings. Along with his time in the NBA, he also played in the CBA for the Quad City Thunder, Albany Patroons, and Rockford Lightning. After stints in the NBA and CBA, Mooney took his family to Germany where he played for 15 years.
Mooney has won numerous awards as both a player and coach. He was a College All American in the State of New York in 1982, He won the Heinz Ahlymeyer Award for Outstanding Student Athlete, inducted in the College Hall of Fame from his time at State University of New York at New Paltz, and won Co-Coach of The Year for the Monterey Bay League in 2011 and 2013.
Mooney and his wife Valerie are the proud parents of 7 children and 6 grandchildren with another on the way in a few months. Four of Mooney's children were prep standout basketball players and went on to play college basketball.
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Richard Fujii enters his first year as an asssistant for the men's basketball team in 2016-17. Fujii offers a firm knowledge of the game from a coaches standpoint. He started his coaching career as the varsity basketball coach at Calvary Chapel High School in 2012 where the team finished in 3rd place in the Orange Coast League and made it to the CIF Playoffs. After being at Calvary Chapel High School for three years, he became the assistant varsity basketball coach at Los Altos High School where his team won the Central Coast Section Champions in Division II. Richard is also responsible for scouting and works with the programs post players. In April of 2015, He became the varisity basketball coach at Mountain View High School where the team was a semifinalist in the Central Coast Section. He was the Director of the Junior Varsity and Varsity Programs at Mountain View High School and he directed summer camp for three levels.
Fujii earned his bachelor's degree in Child and Adolescent Studies from California State University Fullerton in June of 2000.
Victor Brankovich enters his 8th season on staff at his Alma Mater and first as the college's first ever Director of Sports Performance in 2016-17.
Brankovich immediately returned to Menlo as assistant football/strength and conditioning coach after graduating with a degree in Sports Management in 2009. Since then Brankovich has obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S) Certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has been named the team's Conditioning Coordinator.
After completing an internship with Stanford sports performance, Brankovich has brought his knowledge of functional training, speed, power, and nutrition to the Oaks Strength Program. He will work directly with all 15 of the department's varsity athletic teams beginning in 15-16.
Before Coming to Menlo College, Brankovich played high school football locally at Woodside High School, and then played junior college football at College of San Mateo where he was a 1st Team All-American. The success at CSM earned Brankovich a football scholarship to San Jose State, before he transferred to Menlo to play out his final two years. In his two seasons with the Oaks, Brankovich was a two time All-Conference player and was voted Team M.V.P in 2008 by his teammates.
He currently resides in Palo Alto.
Karl Reyes, born and raised in the Bay Area Peninsula, joins the Sports Performance Staff from the University of La Verne. He played collegiate basketball at Dominican University of California for 2 years, and finished his career at the University of La Verne where he also acquired his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a specialty in Health and Human Performance. Originally aspiring to become a Physical Therapist, Karl's strength coach at La Verne inspired and mentored him into the field of strength and conditioning because of his desire to work with athletes and their development. He interned at UC Riverside working with a wide range of Div. I athletes while also working as the Assistant Strength Coach at the University of La Verne overseeing multiple team's programs. He now joins the Menlo College Sports Performance staff certified by the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) to contribute to the athletic development of Menlo's Student Athletes. Karl seeks to specialize in SAQ (speed, agility, quickness) and power development as he plans to continue his education into a Master's degree.
Kristen Ho joins the Menlo College Sports Medicine team as a first year member in 2016-17. A graduate of Oregon State University in June, 2016, Ho worked with the OSU Football and softball teams as well as the Western Oregon Football and Track & Field teams as an undergrad. She has also volunteered for two years at the Michael Bennett Foundation Youth Football Camp as a first aid and emergency responder. Additionally, she has interned with Hawaii Optimum Performance for five summers where she focused on training Hawaii's youth to become stronger and faster.
She holds a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training, is a Certified Athletic Trainer, and is certified in First Aid and CPR.