Menlo Athletics
Sports Performance
 

 

Program Philosophy:

Menlo College Sports Performance is guided by the Athletic Department mission statement. The program seeks to provide an atmosphere in which athletes can grow physically, mentally, and emotionally, while enjoying a supportive, equitable, and diverse collegiate environment.  Furthermore, athletes are given the opportunity to learn and demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, and integrity to their campus community and beyond. The following objectives support the athlete in achieving these goals.

Athlete Evaluation & Injury Reduction
Each athlete is evaluated via the FMS (Functional Movement Screen) in partnership with the sports medicine staff to help identify potential injury risks. Working closely with sports medicine, this information helps us develop programs tailored to specific sports and the needs of specific athletes. A functionally strong athlete is less likely to sustain an injury in training and in competition.

Enhance Sports Performance
The program is focused on the improvement in the following athletic criteria: strength, speed, agility, balance, stability, flexibility, and mobility. Extensive education concerning nutrition, recovery, conditioning, and real world functional strength is taught to the athlete throughout their time in the program. When an athlete is mobile, stable, strong, and efficient, they can compete with confidence and remain healthy throughout an arduous season. If injuries occur, the athlete is in a better position to recover, and return to play quickly.

Mind Set Training
Athletes are taught how to develop the ability to focus. They are asked to develop their leadership skills, maturity, accountability, discipline, and competitiveness. The athlete will learn to control what they can and disregard the rest. These skills are reinforced throughout the athlete's time in the program.

Goal Setting
Short and long-term goal setting is an integral part of any athlete's overall development in the program. The athletes are taught how to set, organize, and prioritize personal and team goals. Achieving small goals throughout the year helps the athletes reach their ultimate personal and team goals.  

Sports Performance in Local Media

Menlo College Director of Sports Performance Victor Brankovich was interviewed by the San Jose Mercury news on teen lifting protocol. Read the article here

Fusion Fitness Training Program!

For the first time ever, the Menlo Sports Performance Staff is offering a comprehensive training program to the public. The camp is run by members of the sports performance staff and can be catered to your needs and wants! Click here to learn more and register. 

Staff:  

Victor Brankovich enters his 7th season on staff at his Alma Mater and first as the college's first ever Director of Sports Performance in 2015-16.

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.

Matt Haack joins the Menlo College Sports Performance staff for the 2015-16 season having worked with a wide-range of athletes. During the last two years he was employed by San Jose State University as a weight training instructor, where he taught beginner and intermediate weight training to the general student body. In early 2014 he was also awarded the chance to intern with Sparta Performance Science in Menlo Park. There, he worked with athletes of all ages, ranging from youth participants to professionals. During the summer of 2014 he began working as an assistant water polo coach for Bellarmine College Prep. During the summer of 2015, he designed and implemented the 16 & under age group's weight training program while also taking over head coaching responsibilities for that group. He also served as head coach for the 14 & under and 12 & under age groups – all positions he will continue to serve in as an assistant during his time at Menlo College. Prior to these experiences, Matt interned at local gyms and also earned NSCA-CSCS and Olympic Weight Lifting Level 1 certifications.

Matt is currently finishing his Masters in Kinesiology (with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology) at San Jose State University.  He graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in English.  

Travis Patrick, a native of Castle Rock, Washington, comes to Menlo after graduating from Southern Oregon University. During his time at Southern Oregon, Travis was a national qualifier as a member of the wrestling team, helping them to three 2nd place team finishes at the NAIA National Tournament. Patrick finished his schooling at Southern Oregon with a Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education and a minor in Psychology. In addition to his degree, Travis has obtained certifications from the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and from the NASM as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES). Travis spent the summer of 2015 as the football head strength and conditioning coach at Kelso High School in Kelso, Wash. There he implemented a comprehensive program designed to maximize athletic potential while reducing injuries through teaching proper movement patterns. Travis is currently working towards a Master's degree in Applied Exercise Science while coaching here at Menlo. 

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.
 
Partners:
  SportsLab is a web and mobile platform for team performance tracking and monitoring. The Menlo College Sports Performance staff are working with SportsLab to effectively collect and assess student-athlete data. For more information visit http://sportslabhq.com
Menlo College has partnered with EAS Sport nutrition to provide its student-athletes with top-tier, tested and certified sports nutrition products.For more information visit http://eas.com/

Power lift is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty strength training equipment for high schools, colleges, universities, professional teams,military/government agencies and strength-training facilities. 


If you or your company wishes to be a sports performance partner, please contact Victor Brankovich at vbrankovich@menlo.edu.
 
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