Menlo Athletics Kicks Off Fall Sports

The Menlo Oaks football team kicks off the season with a home game on August 27.

August 8, 2011

Today, about 150 Menlo College students arrived on campus to begin training camp: They are members of the football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball teams. The additional prep time gives them a chance to prepare for the competitive season, which starts this month for all of the teams.

“I’m excited to see how the mixture of our older athletes and newcomers will change the competitive landscape,” said Joseph Ramacciotti, Media Relations and Event Manager of Athletics at Menlo College. “Last year’s teams had a lot of promise and if they stay strong and healthy, hopefully they can build on that promise.”

The agenda for today was to get physicals and pictures taken for the official Menlo Oaks website ( Tomorrow, training begins in earnest, with “double days”—practice time in the mornings and in the afternoons—to take advantage of the limited time available.

The Menlo Oaks football season begins with a home game on August 27 against the University of British Columbia. “The team is excited to start the season after a great off-season conditioning program. They have been chomping at the bit to return to action after winning their last game of the season. They feel that they have something to prove and can’t wait to get started,” said head coach Fred Guidici.

Menlo Oaks soccer finished second in their league last year.

Men's soccer head coach Mike Keller has the team in work mode, with double days almost every day. “We have a short pre-season and we're going to San Diego pretty soon [to play Point Loma Nazarene University on August 25]. We had a good conference run last year and were able to retain a core group.” Keller hopes to see a good turnout of fans on Menlo College's Alumni Day, September 10,  when Menlo Oaks soccer plays Fresno Pacific.

The Lady Oaks soccer team had a 5-5 California Pacific Conference finish.

The Lady Oaks soccer team has 13 new players and 9 returning players. “I am really looking forward to our season with so many new players coming in—there are some great personalities joining us,” said head coach Scott Myers. This year, he’s organized a three-day retreat during fall training camp at Lake Tahoe, where the team will have the chance to bond over communal cooking and group activities. The team will also be traveling to play games in Southern California. “This year will really be the starting point for the future of this program,” said Myers.

The Lady Oaks volleyball team will hold an informal match, open to the public, on August 17.

Incoming Menlo College students can get a sneak preview of Lady Oaks volleyball: During Orientation Week, the team is holding a Navy and White intra-squad scrimmage. It will take place on Wednesday, August 17th at 1:00 p.m., and is open to the public. “We are looking forward to the season as we will have a very experienced squad. Our goal is to get back to the top of the Cal-Pac Conference and hopefully qualify for the national tournament,” said head coach Daniel Rasay.

Don't miss the chance to root for your favorite team at their first home game:

Menlo Oaks Football
First home game: August 27, 1 p.m., vs. University of British Columbia
View the complete 2011 football schedule

Menlo Oaks Soccer
First home game: August 31, 4 p.m., vs. Hope International
View the complete 2011 men's soccer schedule

Lady Oaks Soccer
First home game: August 17, 4 p.m., vs. Foothill Junior College
View the complete 2011 women's soccer schedule

Lady Oaks Volleyball
First home game: August 26, 11 a.m., vs. Azuza Pacific
View the complete 2011 volleyball schedule