Varsity Football

Head coach
Mark Newton ’88

Assistant coaches
Jason Ward ’88, Todd Smith, Gary Riekes, Vince Juarez, Ron Davenport, Mikey Smith

2017-2018 Season Records
Overall record: 8-5. Peninsula Athletic League-Ocean record: 4-1, champions.

2017/2018 Season Schedule

Legend:  Postponed  Cancelled

Date Opponent Location Dismissal Departure Start Results
Fri 8/18 Carlmont - scrimmage Carlmont HS   2:15pm 4:00pm  
Fri 8/25 East Nicolaus East Nicolaus HS 12:30pm 1:00pm 7:00pm L 16-9
Sat 9/2 Stevenson Home: Cartan - Football Field     10:00am W 56-6
Fri 9/8 Piedmont HS Piedmont HS   3:15pm 7:00pm W 28-7
Sat 9/16 Palma Home: Cartan - Football Field     1:00pm L 29-14
Fri 9/29 The King's Academy* Home: Cartan - Football Field 1:45pm   3:15pm W 28-0
Fri 10/6 South San Francisco HS* South San Francisco HS   4:30pm 7:30pm W 48-13
Fri 10/20 Woodside* (Homecoming) Home: Cartan - Football Field 1:15pm   3:00pm W 51-6
Fri 10/27 Hillsdale* Hillsdale HS   4:45pm 7:30pm W 33-10
Fri 11/3 SHP (Valpo Bowl) Foothill JC   4:00pm 7:00pm L 25-24
Thu 11/9 Sequoia* Sequoia HS   4:15pm 7:00pm L 42-27
Sat 11/18 CCS 1st Round vs Jefferson Home: Cartan - Football Field     1:00pm W 35-8
Sat 11/25 CCS semifinals vs. Scotts Valley Home: Cartan - Football Field     1:00pm W 26-21
Fri 12/1 Div V CCS Championship vs Gilroy Westmont HS   3:45pm 7:00pm L 38-21

About the Team

The goal of the Menlo School football program is to use principles of value-based education to teach each student-athlete how to embody the following: 

Our Team Motto: 
Team First

Our Team Goals:

  • To Take Individual Responsibility for the Common Good,
  • To Relish the Joy in Facing Adversity,
  • To Become CCS Scholastic Champions,
  • To Be a Leader Always

Leadership Behaviors we strive to embody:

  • Be a Role Model for Integrity & Ethics 
  • Demonstrate Optimism & Positive Energy
  • Create a Team First Culture 
  • Motivate & Inspire Others 
  • Listen Well 
  • Communicate Clearly & Consistently 
  • Drive for Results (internally & externally)
    Develop Talent (middle & upper school & incoming)
  • Manage Your Time Well
  • Resolve Conflict (quickly & speak from “I or My”)
  • Be In Service to Others (as a son, brother, classmate, etc.)
  • Collaborate Across Groups (school, teams, etc.)
  • Demonstrate Passion 
  • Keep Things in Perspective (Humility & Gratitude)
  • Know History (specifically of our Program & our alumni) 
  • Follow the Golden Rule — especially in times that are difficult, e.g., when others have offended you, done some thing that is unjust in your mind, or hurt your feelings in some way. 

For each Menlo Football Player to become the CEO of their high school experience!

C = Communicate (practice effective verbal connection with everyone in your life)

E = Effort (it’s “cool”/important/primary to give great effort)

O = Organize (OWN your schedule! Get, and stay, exceptionally well organized when it comes to your academic process and extra-curricular activities. 

About the Coach

Mark Newton ’88 (14th season)
650.330.2001, ext. 2634

Newton believes that a unique experiential education in sports can have a positive transformative effect on the individual and school community. Newton has spent over two decades studying optimal performance and how to apply these skills to all aspects of one’s life. After graduating from UC Davis with a degree in history and playing football as a quarterback (MVP Offense - Freshmen), Newton attended The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. After acting in New York and Los Angeles, he was Director of Sales for a start-up, and then Development Director for a non-profit specializing in building self-esteem for adolescents here in the Bay Area. He has coached the top high school players in the country at Nike camps, coached quarterbacks privately for over 20 years, and he has been a guest coach at USC, Colorado, Oregon, Boise State, Cal, the Manning Passing Academy, and other camps nationwide. He has helped place dozens of Menlo football alumni at top academic colleges, including Stanford, USC, UCLA, UC Davis, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Carleton, and Carnegie Mellon.

 Newton has been honored nationally as the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach of the Year, and regionally as the Palo Alto Daily News Co-Coach of the Year, San Francisco 49ers Coach of the Week, PAL Ocean Division Coach of the Year, and PAL Bay Division Co-Coach of the Year. As a member of Menlo School’s faculty since 2003, Newton has taught World Religions, World History, U.S. History, and Public Speaking, served as 10th Grade Dean, Faculty Admissions Associate, Directed the Winter Play (Noises Off, The Elephant Man, and The 39 Steps). He has created the curriculum for and taught, two week-long experiential seminars; “If You Don’t Like Something Change Your Mind” that made practically applicable, the basics of Neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to remodel itself, and “The Next Step”, which taught graduating seniors the basics of Positive Intelligence and how to prepare for an intentional, conscious, and vibrant college experience. He currently teaches Mindfulness, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Applied Positive Psychology to every freshmen at Menlo. 

Newton is a member of Menlo School’s Athletic Hall of Fame (football, basketball, baseball).