Keith Spataro just completed his fourth year as the Menlo College Athletic Director after taking over before the 2008 school year.
In just over four years in charge of Menlo Athletics, Spataro has completed comprehensive internal and external athletic department reviews; developed and implemented Menlo's first ever athletic scholarship model that yielded a controlled discount rate; employed a student-athlete drug testing program; made a successful appeal to the NCAA regarding the department's sport sponsorship requirement; commissioned the design of new athletics logos which have given the department a modern and consistent brand; made significant renovations to the gym, including brand new, state of the art baskets, bleachers, and floors; brought every head coach to a full time position; increased the support staff with the addition of a second sports information director and second assistant athletic trainer; implemented live video/audio web streaming for all home athletic events; added smart board technology to all locker rooms; signed Under Armour and team sales deal with T&B sports, which yielded nearly 20k in free goods; created a new athletics web site with an off-campus design team that allows department information to be gathered and disseminated more efficiently; doubled the game event revenue with an overhaul of the game operations framework; spearheaded the Oaks community service efforts which include relationships with the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Autism Society of America, St. Anthony's Church, Cans Across America, Relay For Life, Sports Gifts, and the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund all yielding 30 hours of community service per year per athlete; annually raises approximately $200,000; served as the California Pacific Conference's representative on the NAIA National Administrative Council; increased the department's alumni outreach, leading to ten of the 14 sports hosting alumni events this year; improved the golf tournament's feasibility while increasing its revenue; revamped the student fitness center; added an annual student-athlete award banquet and dinner; and strengthened the department's purchasing power with equipment, transportation, and hospitality vendors.
Since Spataro took over, Menlo Athletics has had a retention rate of 88 percent and an overall grade point average of 3.0; recruitment of quality student-athletes has been a top priority with the incoming class being the best in modern times with a 3.04 incoming GPA, a 1430 SAT score and a 20 ACT score average; athletics has grown tremendously during the Spataro reign growing from 290 to 330 student-athletes; the class valedictorian has been a student-athlete two out of the four years; student leadership has been a key to Spataro's strategic plan with 57% of the resident assistance and 60% of the student government teams being student-athletes; each Oaks coach is successfully certified as an NAIA Champions of Character coach while student-athletes made up more than half of the honor students at convocation and more than 60 percent of the convocation award winners. Seventeen teams have qualified for national postseason tournaments in the last four years with student-athletes garnering 59 All-American honors, 34 Academic All-American honors and 187 conference honors, including six conference player of the year awards, six conference defensive player of the honors, eight conference newcomer of the year distinctions, three conference freshman of the year award, and four conference coaches of the year honors. At the culmination of the 2009-10 school year Spataro was named California Pacific Conference Athletic Director of the Year.
Prior to stepping down following the 2008-09 season, Spataro was the head coach of the Oaks men's wrestling program from its inception 2000. Menlo finished in the Top 10 at the NAIA National Championship six times in eight seasons under Spataro, producing six NAIA National Champions, 40 NAIA National Place Winners, 18 NAIA All-Americans, 22 Honorable Mention NAIA All-Americans, and 109 national qualifiers, 15 NAIA West Region Champions, seven Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes and six NWCA Academic All-Americans. The Oaks won the 2008-09 Team Sportsmanship Award at the NAIA National Championship, twice were the regional team champions, and finished as the runner-up at the 2003-04 NAIA National Championship. Spataro was twice named NAIA West Region Coach of the Year.
Spataro's other titles at Menlo College have included associate athletic director, assistant athletic director, department head for physical education, adjunct professor in sports management, and head cross country coach.