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M-A Hires Melanie Cordero as Head Coach of Girls Wrestling


ATHERTON, CA —June 08, 2020 — Menlo-Atherton (M-A) High School Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger are proud to announce the hiring of Melanie Cordero as the new head coach of the Girls Wrestling team.

Cordero is a Bay Area native and a graduate of Menlo College.  She was born and raised in Union City, CA where she started wrestling in 8th grade.  Melanie attended James Logan High School, which developed one of the first all girls wrestling teams in the state.  She wrestled on the inaugural girls team where she was Team Captain.  While competing for James Logan, she was a North Coast Section (NCS) champion and a two-time state qualifier, placing 4th her senior year.  

While at Menlo College, Cordero was a Team Captain and represented the team at each of the National Tournaments from 2015-2018.  During her career at Menlo College, Cordero was honored with both the Most Improved Award and the Coaches Award.  Cordero was recruited onto the program during its foundation building years in pursuit of winning national titles.  The year after Cordero graduated, the Menlo Women’s Wrestling team won two National Team titles, being the first in Menlo College history to ever do so. 

Cordero, who earned a Psychology degree, works as an Office Coordinator in San Mateo.  She previously worked at M-A where she used her skills as an Instructional Associate, working closely with teachers and students.  More importantly, she has been an assistant coach for the M-A Girls Wrestling team where her nine years of wrestling experience has ensured she can lead and mentor both experienced and inexperienced wrestlers.   Cordero played a factor in coaching the Girls Wrestling team to winning two Central Coast Section (CCS) championship titles.  In her first year coaching, she was instrumental in assisting the team to a 2nd place title at the 2019 State championships.

When asked about the influence of her previous experience and the future of the Menlo-Atherton wrestling program Cordero said “I am blessed to be a product of two strong wrestling programs.  With the support system I have, I feel very equipped to take on this leadership role.  I will maintain the championship culture here at M-A while integrating the foundational concepts I learned from my college coaches, Joey Bareng and Marcus Randolph.  As coach, I plan to empower these young girls by helping them build confidence on and off the mat. I am excited to witness how wrestling will shape their lives just as it has had a profound impact on mine.“

M-A’s Athletic Director Steven Kryger added, “Melanie’s experience, passion, and dedication will ensure our program continues upon the strong foundation former head coach Phil Hoang built.  She has done a phenomenal job as an assistant coach and I am confident that her knowledge and perspective will continue to lead our student-athletes in the right direction.”