Head coach: Todd Smith
Assistant coaches: Dominique Cole, Mike Hill, Nick Lycette ’09, Mike McAdams, Jaden Richardson ’20., Giovanni Stanley, Peter Zappas
The purpose of the Menlo School program is to help our student-athletes become adults of empathy who will lead, be responsible, embrace challenges, and change the world for good while striving for excellence in everything that they do.
After winning back-to-back league titles in 2016 and 2017, the Knights moved to the top tier of the PAL and faced an eventual state champion, a CCS Open finalist, and two other CCS Open challengers. In the shortened 2020-21 season, Menlo went undefeated in the PAL-Ocean Division. In 2016, Menlo advanced to a CCS Championship to cap an 11-2 season.
Menlo School football has a long-standing reputation for producing high-scoring offenses and tough-minded opportunistic defenses.
Menlo football is a values-based program. Strong character traits, such as empathy, humility, courage, resilience and fortitude are at the forefront of our teachings and shapes the culture. The goal is to build strong and more thoughtful individuals who rise when adversity surfaces.
About the Coach
Smith has been a mainstay for the Knights since he took on the role of defensive coordinator in 2013 under Mark Newton. He has coached players from middle school to college. In the last eight seasons, he has helped his teams to four section title appearances - including 2016 and 2017 in the CCS for Menlo - and in the NCS. In his debut as head coach in the 2020-21 season, Menlo went undefeated in league play.
Before coming to Menlo, Smith was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Casa Grande High, which advanced to the North Coast Section finals in 2010 and 2011. He was defensive backs coach at Blinn College, Texas, which won two national junior college titles during his time coaching the secondary, ranked No. 1 nationwide in overall pass defense. At Sierra College, he was defensive backs coach during a 39-game win streak, which including five consecutive bowl wins. After graduating from Live Oak, Smith was an all-league defensive back for Gavilan College where he later returned to coach as defensive coordinator for the top defense in the nation. A graduate of San Jose State, he holds a bachelors in business management and a masters in kinesiology.