The longest tenured member of the Menlo staff, Fred Guidici will begin his 15th season with the Oaks and third as head coach in the fall of 2011. Menlo posted its first .500 record in Northwest Conference play in 2009, finishing 3-3 in the NWC and 4-6 overall, though it will play as an NAIA Independent beginning this season. Guidici also serves as the Recruiting Coordinator for the Menlo College Department of Athletics.
In their first season under Guidici the Oaks had seven student-athletes represented on the All-Northwest Conference First or Second Team. Another eight earned Honorable Mention All-NWC status. Menlo finished in a tie for third place in the NWC and lost a pair of games to nationally ranked opponents.
Coach Guidici was instrumental in leading a number of record-setting special teams units at Menlo prior to taking over as head coach. In 2006, the Oaks Special Teams scored touchdowns in three consecutive games and four on the season. The team was led by All-American Kick Returner Jihad Mahasin, who led NCAA Div. III with 33.2 yards per return, and All-American Punt Returner Galen Perry, who finished 9th in the country with 15.2 yards per return. The Oaks led the Northwest Conference and finished fourth nationally with an average of 16.0 yards per punt return. The Oaks ranked 8th nationally in punt returns and 9th in kickoff returns in 2001. Under Coach Guidici's tutelage, Menlo's Special Teams has 39 blocked kicks since 1996.
Coach Guidici's coaching resume includes stints with the San Jose SaberCats (1996-1998), Oakland Raiders (1995), Stanford University (1993-1994), Santa Clara University (1990-1992), and his alma mater, Blackford High School (1984-1989). Fred graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in marketing and a minor in economics. He resides in San Jose.
Menlo's 26-point comeback to defeat NCAA Division II Humboldt State 36-29 in overtime remains Coach Guidici's greatest coaching highlight. In that contest, the 2001 Oaks erased a 26-0 deficit to knock off the Lumberjacks on the road.