January 09, 2010
Contact Football Director Fred Guidici takes over the Menlo College Football Program
Thirteen years of hard work paid off for Fred Guidici when the longest tenured member of the Menlo College Athletic Department and Director of the Contact Football Camps was named Head Football Coach of the Oaks football program. Guidici has long served on the gridiron as Menlo’s special teams coordinator and director of football operations while also fulfilling the role of recruiting coordinator within the athletic department.
Guidici – the sixth head coach at Menlo since it became a four-year institution – takes over as the leader of Oaks football from Mark Kaanapu, who was named head coach at Merced College last week after eight years in charge of Menlo’s program. Kaanapu won 31 games at the Oaks helm, helping the program transition from NCAA Div. III Independent to a football-only member of the Northwest Conference. Menlo finished the 2008 season 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the NWC.
After graduating from San Jose State with a BS in marketing and a minor in economics, Guidici’s coaching pedigree began to take shape during time spent at the prep, collegiate, and professional levels. Guidici began his coaching career at his alma mater, Blackford High (1984-89) in San Jose, before moving up to the collegiate ranks at Santa Clara (1990-92) and Stanford (1993-94). Following a year spent with the Oakland Raiders (1995), Guidici assisted with the Arena Football League’s San Jose SaberCats (1996-98) during his first three seasons at Menlo.