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Sports - April 22, 2011

Sports Shorts

NEW COACHES . . . Two former Menlo-Atherton athletes who used to compete against Menlo School have joined the Knights' staff as the school's newest varsity head coaches for the 2011-12 school year. Fana Fuqua takes over as girls' water polo head coach and Atlee Hubbard takes the reins as head coach of the girls' volleyball program. Both have a wealth of experience playing and coaching from youth to the professional ranks. Fuqua, who was a standout field player at M-A before switching to goalie at the University of California, was a U.S. National Team goalie and All-American for the Bears. Fuqua most recently coached at Harker School and for Palo Alto High's summer program. Fuqua played on the U.S. National Team from 1998-2002 before serving as captain of a prestigious national league team in Sydney, Australia. Hubbard, a former NCAA Division I outside hitter at Sacramento State and professional player, coached the JV and frosh-soph teams at Castilleja in 2010, and was an assistant varsity coach the 2008 season for her sisters, head coach Tracie (Hubbard) Meskell, and assistant Gwen Hubbard. Hubbard played professionally in Spain and Indonesia, and on a European tour from 2008-2010. As an outside hitter for Sacramento State, she was named twice to the All-Big Sky Conference first team. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in photography and coaches club volleyball.

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