Joey Bareng was hired as the women's wrestling associate head coach at Menlo College as part of a reorganization of the wrestling program, Oaks' athletic director Keith Spataro announced Thursday.
"I'm excited about the skill set and unique background Joey brings to both the Athletics Department and the Women's Wrestling Program," Spataro said. "He has a proven track record as a highly successful coach, personal trainer and wrestler and I'm looking forward to seeing the direction the women's wrestling program takes under his watch."
Bareng has a combined 13 years of personal training and coaching experience, most recently the last five years as the Riordan High School strength and conditioning coach and head freshman wrestling coach. He has also worked as the program manager for Health Fitness since 2011.
"When I accepted this position at Menlo I was really excited," Bareng said. "I knew that this would be a new challenge for my life and at the time, I had been looking for something just like this to get me going again. As a competitor for many years you never want challenges to stop coming your way and before Menlo I was feeling like my work and family life was under control and I was looking for something to get my 'competitive juices' flowing again."
Bareng was a four year standout at San Francisco State University, earning the RMAC West Regional Championship in 2003 and being named an NCAA All-American in 2004.
He also garnered national titles as a Grappling National Pan American Champion, a Grappling World Champion and is a power lifting national record holder.
"What excites me most about this opportunity are the girls," Bareng said. "I see so much potential in the current wrestlers we have. They have so much room to grow and they want it. I can see a fire growing inside them that I want to tap into and fuel."
Menlo College is one of 22 colleges in the nation to sponsor women's wrestling. Bareng looks to add stability to that program by developing a consistent practice and training regiment that results in success both on and off the mat. He currently resides in South San Francisco with his wife Ashley, daughter Jayme and son James.
The women's wrestling season opens October 18 when the Lady Oaks travel to Arkansas for the Sunkist Fila Tournament.
Spataro also announced that Joey Martinez was promoted to Director of Wrestling/Head Men's Coach and former assistant coach Mariano Sanchez was promoted to the role of Associate Head Men's Coach. Martinez will oversee operations of both the men's and women's programs.
Martinez enters his fifth season at the helm of the Men's wrestling program at Menlo College.
Since assuming the head coaching position in 2009, Martinez has coached a remarkable nine All-Americans and nine Academic All-Americans and led the team to top-ten national finished in 2013.
Sanchez enters his second full season on staff for the Oaks after making an immediate impact as an assistant coach a year ago.
During the 2012 season Sanchez played an integral role in day-to-day coaching and training of student-athletes and saw it pay immediate dividends with three wrestlers achieving All-American status including second place finisher Eric Lopez.
"The work done by Joey and Mariano is commendable and has created a framework for continued success for years to come. With their continued hard work and dedication, I look forward to seeing the program reach new levels in the immediate future," said Spataro.