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Kaniela Aiona

Head Coach 3rd season

Bio

[email protected] I 650-543-3777 

Kaniela Aiona enters his third year as Menlo College Men's Basketball Head Coach in 2017-18. 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 ninth in NAIA Div. I in total rebound defense (31.143), 17th in scoring defense per game (70.679), 24th in rebound margin (3.821), and 45th free throw percentage (70.2%). The team's assist-to-turnover ratio in 2015-16 was the highest the program has seen in over ten years. Four men have 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. 

2017-18 Men's Basketball Roster
# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
0 Anders Nymo JR G 6-1 175 Oslo, Norway Wang Sports Academy
2 Colton Wirth JR G 6-4 200 Redmond, Wash. University of La Verne
3 Ben Graham SR G 6-1 185 Sydney, Australia Baulkham Hills HS
4 Charles Neal FR G 6-3 180 Palm Springs, Calif. Rancho Mirage HS
5 Mikey Eggleton SR G 5-11 175 Pleasant Hill, Calif. College Park HS
11 Jeremiah Testa SO G 6-1 180 Belmont, Calif. Junipero Serra
12 N'Jai LeBlanc FR G 6-0 205 Redwood City, Calif. Sequoia HS
15 Jared Wall SO G 6-1 185 Folsom, Calif. Folsom HS
22 John Paine SO F 6-6 205 Portland, Ore. Portland Central Catholic
25 Kalan Camero SR G 6-1 185 Kamuela, Hawaii Hawaii Preparatory Academy
31 Tyler Evans SR F 6-4 185 Arnold, Calif. Bret Harte HS
32 Henry Cornelious JR F 6-4 250 Berkeley, Calif. Cal Poly Pomona
42 Aric Fredlund JR F 6-10 225 Prescott, Ariz. Prescott HS
44 Michael Hauser SO F 7-0 260 Alamo, Calif. Bishop O'Dowd

Coaching Staff

Kaniela Aiona Photo
Head Coach
3rd season
Webster University
Jamison Montgomery Photo
Assistant Coach
2nd season
Benedictine University
Dan Mooney Photo
Assistant Coach
2nd season
Richard Fujii Photo
Assistant Coach
2nd season
Victor Brankovich Photo
Head Performance Coach
3rd season
Menlo College
Karl Reyes Photo
Asst. Performance Coach
2nd season
Kristen Ho Photo
Athletic Trainer
1st season