David Trujillo takes reins as varsity baseball coach
Menlo School welcomes former professional player and Bay Area coach David Trujillo as varsity head baseball coach and middle school physical education teacher.
Trujillo comes to Menlo after serving on the coaching staff at Menlo-Atherton for seven years - three of those as varsity head coach. After leading the JV team to top finishes in its divisions in his first three seasons, he took the head coaching role in 2019. A season later, he led the varsity team to a PAL Bay Division championship and last season, his team advanced to the CCS Div. III playoffs. Previously, Trujillo taught P.E. and coached in the middle school at Menlo.
“We are excited to have David lead our varsity baseball program and also coach in the middle school. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our coaching ranks,” Menlo Director of Athletics Earl Koberlein said. “David is a very well-respected coach in the community who can relate to young athletes, teach the game at a high level and build a strong baseball program here at Menlo inclusive of players in grades 6-12. I really look forward to David working with our student-athletes.”
Trujillo is passionate about mentoring, inspiring and developing young student-athletes, and has a proven track record helping them to develop successful habits both on and off the field. For over 15 years, he has offered private baseball instruction and led various travel teams in the Bay Area, including teams with NorCal Baseball, DCT, and Diamond Baseball Academy.
“One of the biggest reasons I wanted to come back to Menlo is the way the administration and Athletic Department supports their coaches,” Trujillo said. “It’s a tight community and I want to be part of the family atmosphere.
“I want to establish a standard for excellence on and off the baseball field, and create a competitive and winning environment,” he added. “Development is the No.1 goal: I want to guide baseball players to maximize their potential on the field and nurture quality and productive humans off the field. My job is to help these student athletes reach their full potential.”
Before his coaching career, Trujillo played professional baseball from 2002-2005, for both the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League and the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League, where he was named Nextel MVP in 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from UNLV, and was named NCAA Div. I First Team All-American, with a .345 batting average, and a team-high 18 home runs.
Trujillo takes over for Greg Hart and Tink Reynoso, who left their baseball roles to spend more time with family.