Menlo News March 04, 2024

Menlo alum, longtime coach Lubarsky ’94 to take reins of flag football

Lubarsky coached Menlo’s tackle football teams since 2012

Menlo School is pleased to announce Noah Lubarsky, a mainstay in the Knights football program, as flag football coach starting in the fall.

Lubarsky, a 1994 graduate of Menlo where he played receiver, returned to his alma mater as a coach in 2012.

“I am honored and excited to join the girls’ flag football program at Menlo,” Lubarsky said. “I look forward to working with our incredible coaches, and seeing the positive impact that football will have on and off the field.”

Lubarsky takes over a flag football team that went 15-1 in its inaugural season, and was one of the model programs for the newest California Interscholastic Federation sport.

​”Last year, the first year of high school flag football, Menlo had an incredible season and I look forward to Noah and his staff building on that success and creating an exceptional flag football program that will set the bar for others to try​ to match​,” Menlo Director of Athletics Earl Koberlein said.

Lubarsky is known for cultivating strong ties with players and helping them reach their potential as students and athletes. This past fall, Lubarsky served as varsity assistant coach-quarterbacks for Menlo, which finished the season as Peninsula Athletic League-Ocean champions and went 10-2. He worked closely with the quarterbacks, including Offensive Player of the Year Mikey McGrath, to refine skills, technique, decision-making and overall performance on the field.

No stranger to leading an entire team, Lubarsky was JV head coach for six years prior to last season and led the Knights to league titles in 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 despite Menlo being the smallest school in the division. He also served as offensive coordinator, and coached defensive backs, running backs and receiver.

“Noah has been an incredibly well respected football coach for Menlo for 12 years,” Koberlein added. “He has been lauded for his relationship building with players and parents in addition to his very creative offensive play calling ability. I am so excited for the future of our flag football team under Noah’s leadership!”

Lubarsky takes the reins from another alum, John Paye ’83, who stepped away to focus on family and his real estate career. Lubarsky will be joined in the fall by returning coaches Assistant Athletic Director Buffie Ward Williams ’89, NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, Varsity Baseball Coach David Trujillo and newcomers Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach Ryan Cooper and Sharon Purcell.