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Shine’s Induction into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame and 1,000th Victory Stem from a Team-above-All Mindset
 Bill Shine has 19 NorCal titles and more than 1,000 victories as the
Menlo boys’ and girls’ tennis coach, but what his players remember are
how he taught them to treat every match as if they were underdogs and his “horrible” jokes.
Shine, who is entering his 23rd season as boys’ and girls’ coach, was inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in the spring, just a few months before the boys completed perhaps their most dominating season ever, finishing 29-0 after winning the National Invitational Tournament, NorCals, and CCS. Shine has coached the Menlo boys’ and girls’ teams
to a combined 24 Central Coast Section titles. He holds an overall record of 1,013-147, and both his girls’ and boys’ teams hold the state record for consecutive league dual-match victories. Both teams collected their 22nd straight league title this past season.
“I have been really lucky to be teaching and coaching,” Shine said. “I have a lot of kids and teams that are good and make me look good. Most importantly, it’s a credit to them and to the School for being so supportive of the student-athletes
and teachers.”
Shine started to play in pro tournaments after playing collegiate tennis. His parents always told him to have a Plan B for his goal of playing the pro circuit, so he taught tennis in Los Altos to raise funds for travel and tournament fees. What he found was that he loved when his students would come back from their junior
tournaments and tell him excitedly how the trip was or how they did.
“I loved that, and I found that when I was traveling and playing, I hated being by myself,” Shine said. “I got into coaching and I’m glad I did because I’m a better coach than player.”
Shine has an outstanding résumé of success coaching at the high school level, but even more importantly, he has made a lasting impact on countless students. His students, both current and former, talk about how he not only refined their skills
on the court and as a competitor but also taught them to be responsible teammates and opponents.
“I have been playing tennis since the age of six, and often times, it can be a very lonely sport due to its individual nature and lack of teammates,” said Richard Pham, who graduated from Menlo in 2013 and Columbia University in 2017 as a four-time Ivy League champion. “Once I arrived at Menlo, however, I became acquainted with the culture that Bill has instilled. Menlo tennis is all about the team. Bill taught me the value of playing for something bigger than just yourself.’’
Menlo School previously had four of its own in the Peninsula Hall of Fame, three of them alumni:
• John Paye ’83, San Francisco 49ers, Stanford and Menlo School quarterback, Stanford basketball guard, and current Menlo School girls’ basketball coach, 1991 inductee
 • Kate Paye ’91, Stanford and Menlo School basketball great and current Cardinal Associate Women’s Head Coach, 1996 inductee
• Kevin Bass ’77, MLB All-Star outfielder who played in the majors from 1982 to 1995, 2000 inductee
• Craig Schoof, Menlo School’s Athletic Director from 2000 to 2014 and baseball coach for 27 years, 2015 inductee
The 28th Hall of Fame banquet was presented by the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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