Menlo Pays Tribute to Fred Guidici

Fred Guidici with his team.

January 19, 2012

The Menlo College community will gather this afternoon to honor former football head coach Fred Giudici, one of the most liked and respected individuals to set foot on Menlo’s campus. Guidici stepped down last week to take a spot on the football staff of his alma mater, NCAA Division I San Jose State University.

Guidici spent 14 years with Menlo football program, including the last three seasons as head coach. With Guidici at the helm, the Oaks earned ten NAIA All-Independent selections and another seven All-Northwest Conference recognitions while Menlo was still a member of the NWC.    

“The time and effort Fred has given to Menlo College and to me personally has been second to none,” commented Spataro.  “What’s more amazing is through the changes at Menlo over the years, Fred has remained steadfast and professional in the approach he takes to work daily.  He is a true professional.”

Before becoming the program’s head football coach, Guidici spent a great deal of his Menlo career as the team’s Special Teams Coordinator as well as the department’s Recruiting Coordinator. He was instrumental in leading a number of record-setting special teams units at Menlo prior to taking over as head coach.  In 2006, the Oaks special teams scored touchdowns in three consecutive games and four on the season. The team was led by All-American Kick Returner Jihad Mahasin, who led NCAA  Div. III with 33.2 yards per return, and  All-American Punt Returner Galen Perry, who finished 9th in the country with 15.2 yards per return. The Oaks led the Northwest Conference and finished fourth nationally with an average of 16.0 yards per punt return.  Menlo also ranked 8thnationally in punt returns and 9thin kickoff returns in 2001. Under Coach Guidici's tutelage, Menlo's special teams have 39 blocked kicks since 1996.

“Fred is a dear friend to all whom he has touched in his time and he will be missed by the students, alumni, administration, and faculty,” said Spataro on the departure of Guidici.  “His contributions are immeasurable and indeed remarkable.”