Newton is stepping down as Menlo football coach

Menlo football coach Mark Newton will be stepping down from his post. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

Mark Newton is resigning after 14 years as football coach at Menlo School.

“I’m stepping forward,’’ Newton said, “opening up time to be a new father and pursue other passions in education at Menlo.’’

A former quarterback at Menlo, Newton has guided the Knights to four Central Coast Section championship game appearances as well as a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division outright title this past season.

“It’s the right time for me,’’ Newton said, “though I’ll be sad that I won’t get to coach this group of kids any more.’’

A history teacher who has also taught world religion and designed his own curriculum for a psychology class taken by all Menlo freshmen, Newton will continue working toward a master’s degree from Columbia University in independent school leadership.

Newton and wife, Whitney, recently became parents of a daughter, Jolene.

“I’m excited for this new chapter,’’ Newton said.

When asked what his favorite memories were of his years as head football coach, Newton didn’t point to any one particular win or on-the-field accomplishment:

“The relationship with all the student-athletes,’’ he said.

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