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Sports - May 3, 2013

Menlo, Gunn coaches receive CCS honors

Menlo School baseball coach Craig Schoof and Gunn swim coach Mark Hernandez have been named recipients of the Central Coast Section's Spring Sports Honor Coach Awards.

Both were selected by their section colleagues to be recognized during the current 2013 spring season.

Schoof has been the head baseball coach at Menlo School for the past 28 years. He took over a fledgling program in the beginning to a program that has visited the CCS playoffs 19 times, with four of those visits to the championship game resulting in three CCS titles.

Norman Colb, Head of School at Menlo School, said of Schoof: "On a daily basis, Craig carries Menlo's core beliefs and values within him and uses moments on and off the field to exhibit sportsmanship and integrity . . . from morning to night he models these values for our coaches."

Schoof has instilled the will to continue to excel in the sport of baseball, evidenced by the many players who continue to play on the collegiate level. Former Menlo standout Ryan Cavan is currently playing for the San Jose Giants.

Chris Belloma, a former Menlo player and assistant coach at Menlo, says of his head coach: "It wasn't until I coached side-by-side with Craig that I realized he wasn't just coaching kids the game of baseball, he was shaping the lives of student athletes through baseball."

Hernandez has been the Gunn boys' and girls' swimming and diving coach since 1998. He also coaches the girls' water polo team and has been the boys' head water polo coach. In those 15 years, his teams have had many successes with one of the highlights being the girls' swim team winning the 2012 CCS Championships.

Hernandez, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Stanford, finds time to volunteer in Stanford Law School programs while holding down his full-time job of teaching English at Gunn.

Tom Jacoubowsky, Gunn's assistant principal, says of Hernandez: "What separates Mark from other coaches is how he cultivates a sense of family for all athletes. He cares about all kids, whether it's an individual who is going to an elite university under scholarship or the student ho achieves a lifetime best and whose final time in competitive swimming will end with the conclusion of the Gunn season. No matter who you are, Mark treats everyone like a champion."

The Central Coast Section Honor Coach Award is presented to those coaches who their colleagues believe have made outstanding contributions to that sport at their school, within their league, in the community and to the CCS.

At the time of nomination, they must be actively coaching and have been coaching their respective sport for a minimum of five years at the varsity level. Attributes considered are maintenance of professional standards of conduct, general service to the respective sport, outstanding coaching accomplishments, additional contributions to school and community and being a role model and inspiration to athletes, coaches, teachers, administrators, parents and the public.

Schoof and Hernandez were nominated by their respective schools as embodiments of those qualities. Spring Sports Honor Coach Awards recipients will be recognized at the CCS Championships in their respective sports.


Posted by Gunn Swimmer, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

"No matter who you are, Mark treats everyone like a champion."
....hmm thats debatable

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