M-A Hires Gino Gamboa as Varsity Boys Volleyball Coach
ATHERTON, CA — December 11th, 2020 — Menlo-Atherton High School Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger are proud to announce the hiring of Gino Gamboa as the new head coach of the Varsity Boys Volleyball team.
Coach Gamboa is a LA native, and graduate of UC Santa Cruz. He was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, where he learned how to play volleyball during his freshman year of high school. Gino attended Bishop Alemany High School, and by his sophomore year, had become a part of their varsity team. When Gino wasn’t in high school season, he competed at the club level for Santa Monica Beach Club for all four years.
While at UC Santa Cruz, Gamboa was a member of UCSC’s D3 NCAA Men’s Volleyball team from 2013-2018. During his career at UCSC, Gino not only focused on developing his skills as a volleyball player but as a sport performance coach working and learning alongside many fitness professionals. After graduating with a Human Biology degree, he set his sights oversees. He continued both his volleyball and academic career at Northumbria University. As Gino earned his master’s in Exercise Physiology, he was a key player on their men’s volleyball team. During the 2018/2019 season the team made a Semifinals appearance in the British Universities & College Sport League. After earning his Masters Degree he then signed a contract to go play professionally in Denmark for Ikast KFUM Volley.
Gino works as a volleyball and sport performance coach in the Bay Area. Gino has coached several teams at the club and high school level. He is focused on getting the best out of each player on the team in order to help them improve. When asked about what he wants to contribute to the boys volleyball program he said “I want each one of my players to learn and grow as not just volleyball players but as people. Everyone has something they can improve upon. It’s my duty as a coach to properly challenge my players with the intention of having them realize how capable they are in achieving their respective goals.”
M-A Hires Greg Prior as Varsity Boys Wrestling Coach
ATHERTON, CA — December 11th, 2020 — Menlo-Atherton High School Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger are proud to announce the hiring of Gregory Prior as the new head coach of the Varsity Boys Wrestling team.
Gregory Prior is a Bay Area native who has been coaching Judo as well as strength and conditioning for the last 2 years. Prior is an internationally-ranked Judo player on Team USA, and an active competitor. His background stems from high school/collegiate wrestling and competitive Judo. Greg is an active tactical coach in Judo who is currently conditioning 2 Bay Area Judo clubs. Prior has medals from 2 international tournaments, a Veterans World Championships Bronze, and 4+ national tournament medals. Prior spent more than 20 weeks training in Japan and Europe in 2019 and is prepared for the return to competition with a goal to medal at the 2024 Olympics. Willy Cahill, Two-time Olympic, Paralympic coach and 9th degree Judo black belt of San Bruno said “Greg is one of the most talented athletes I’ve ever coached.”
Before representing the country as an international competitor Prior went to several universities, including Harvard, CSU Sacramento and UCLA, competing in Crew, Wrestling, and Judo. Prior has spent a majority of the pandemic developing grappler specific conditioning and strength techniques. When asked about his influence and hopes for the wrestling programs at Menlo-Atherton, Prior said “My influences come from the wrestling coaches in my formative years at camps and my family of wrestlers. My family and our close relationship with wrestling and collegiate coaches have really ingrained grappling in my blood. These men have shown me what makes and breaks success. I have hopes to bring a scientific and safety approach to developing a full team of successful athletes that supports champions. I want a full team understanding what hard work really is and what it can do for them as a life skill.”
Gregory Prior brings new and well-rounded grapplers experience with a detailed understanding of what will work best for individuals to our wrestling program. His experience and success in many grappling forms will prepare our young athletes with not only the wrestling skills but work ethic, nutrition, safe sports conduct, and respect that will transfer and stay with athletes well into the future.