Keith Spataro was named the Director of Athletics at Menlo College in advance of the 2008-09 academic year. Prior to his appointment as Director of Athletics, Spataro served in numerous roles within the department including Associate Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, Adjunct Professor in Sports Management and Health, and Head Wrestling Coach. Spataro pioneered the wrestling program on the Menlo College campus and served as its first ever head coach for over eight years before stepping down upon assuming the Director of Athletics position.
Academically, student-athletes have continued to impress in the classroom, in the community and on the field during the last seven years. In 2013-14 alone, over 50% of all student-athletes held a GPA of 3.0 or better and eight of the department’s 13 programs were honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as Scholar Teams for maintaining a team GPA of 3.0 or greater. Furthermore, in 2013-14, seven student-athletes earned a place on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District list and three went on to claim Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors – all firsts in school history. On the campus scene, 10 of 15 resident advisors and nine of 13 student government members participated on one of the department’s athletic teams. In conjunction with the department’s mission to develop servant leaders, each student-athlete completes a minimum of 30 hours of community service during the season through various initiatives in the surrounding area.
Menlo’s athletic programs have continued to garner national honors and recognition over the last seven seasons as well. During that span, 25 teams have qualified for national postseason tournaments, 69 student-athletes have earned All-American status, 244 claimed conference honors, 12 have been named Conference Player of the Year, nine Defensive Player of the Year, 10 Newcomer of the Year and four Freshman of the Year. In each of the last four seasons, the department has posted over 100 combined wins and has had a 55% or better winning percentage each of the last two seasons. The Oaks have also been named an NAIA Champions of Character Institution for five consecutive years.
A number of head coach and staff accomplishments have been bestowed upon the department during Spataro’s tenure. In the last two seasons alone, department coaches have earned five Coach of the Year honors and the Sports Medicine Department has claimed the Cal Pac’s Sports Medicine Award in three of the last four seasons.
Spataro himself has claimed numerous awards for his successes in leading the Menlo College Athletic Department. He has been named the Cal Pac’s Athletic Director of the Year in 2009-10 and 2013-14, one of just two multi-time winners of this award in its history. His successes were further rewarded on the national scene when he was selected as a 2013-14 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Spataro was also inducted into the Skyline College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011 for his time as both a wrestler and head coach with the department. Committed to the professional development of himself and those around him, Spataro is affiliated with a number of national organizations including: the National Wrestling Coaches Association, National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors, American Alliance for HPER and is a Board Member of California USA Wrestling. Additionally, Spataro is highly involved in boards and committees within the NAIA including: NAIA National Administrative Council, Rules and Ratings Subcommittee, National Ratings Oversight for Men’s Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling and Women’s Basketball, National Rater for Wrestling, Retention and Recruitment Task Force, National Ratings Task Force and the Affiliate Membership Committee.
Prior to joining the ranks of athletics administration, Spataro manufactured a remarkable level of success as Head Wrestling Coach at Menlo College. Spataro built the program from the ground up and saw unprecedented success in his eight-plus seasons at the helm. Menlo finished in the top-10 at the NAIA National Championships six times in eight seasons, producing six NAIA National Champions, 40 National Placers, 18 All-Americans, 22 Honorable Mention All-Americans and 109 national qualifiers. Furthermore, 15 wrestlers claimed West-Region titles, seven were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes and six were National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Academic All-Americans. The Oaks won the 2008-09 Team Sportsmanship Award, twice were regional team champions, and finished runners-up at the 2003-04 NAIA National Championship. All of these accomplishment earned Spataro NAIA West Region Coach of the Year honors on two different occasions.
Spataro received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, specializing in Teaching & Coaching from San Francisco State University in 1995 and a Master’s of Arts in Sports Administration from Saint Mary’s College in 1999.