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Weems stepping down at Menlo to join Warriors D-league team

 
Kris Weems (left) and Marco Paglialunga with Menlo School girls volleyball NorCal Regional trophy tournament. Photo by Pam Tso McKenney.

After more than three years as the director of Menlo School Athletics program and 10 total years at Menlo, Kris Weems is taking a coaching position with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate Santa Cruz.

"Kris has been an exemplary coach, leader, and mentor to our students, our coaches, and our community," Menlo Head of School Than Healy said. "Under his leadership, our Athletics program has risen to new heights by emphasizing the core values of teamwork, character, and sportsmanship."


Kris Weems speaks during an assembly at Menlo School. Photo by Pete Zivkov.
In the last year alone, Menlo School teams have re-opened the school record books: Volleyball won its first state championship and girls’ cross country qualified an entire team for section championships for the first time in program history.

In 2016-2017, every CCS team advanced to the postseason, nine of those teams reached the finals, and two brought home section crowns. Girls' swimming and boys' lacrosse were the latest of many teams to receive CCS Scholastic Championships.

Through his work focusing on improved athletics spirit on campus, hiring great coaches, establishing regular meetings for coaches, staff and teachers to collaborate on how to maximize student experience, Weems has brought new ideas to a program with a long and proud tradition.

​"​It has been an absolutely wonderful experience to serve as Athletic Director for the last three years," Weems said. "Menlo School has been a part of my life for more than a decade, and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of tradition as much as I have in the daily activities and planning for the future of the School. The school community - from the families to the faculty and staff to the students - shows an overwhelming amount of care and support for the environment in which we teach and aim to give students every opportunity to thrive."

Some of Weems' most impactful teachings came from his time spent on the basketball court. During his seven-season tenure as Menlo's varsity boys' basketball coach, his teams made three trips to NorCals and won championships in seven Central Coast Section appearances.

He owns a 138-60 record overall, and was named CCS co-coach of the year (2006-2007) and Coach of the Year (2007-2008).

Weems also worked in the school's Development Office, coordinating the Athletics Hall of Fame and helping to raise funds for a capital campaign, a highlight of which resulted in the building of the Athletic Center.

Before Weems came to Menlo, he served as special assistant to the Associate Athletic Director at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he earned his BA in Sociology.

A three-year starter for the basketball team, he amassed 1,235 career points and helped lead the Cardinal to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including the 1998 Final Four.

— Menlo School Athletics

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