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Menlo-Atherton finds a new football coach

Former St. Francis High standout and Menlo assistant Sione Taufoou will guide the Bears

The Menlo-Atherton football team, which struggled through a 1-9 record last season and has gone through three coaches in the past two seasons, has a new head coach.

Sione Taufoou, 27, who for the past three seasons has been an assistant football coach at Menlo School, will guide the Bears this fall.

Taufoou replaces Tony Rosso, who lasted only this past season. Prior to that, Philip Brown finished up the 2008 season as the interim head coach after Bob Sykes left just a few games into the campaign.

Taufoou, a San Carlos native and a graduate of St. Francis High, expects to be around a lot longer than his predecessors. He comes from a long line of football players in his family -- Kaoi, Will and Matt. It's a family that is highly regarded in San Mateo County.

Taufoou was the defensive coordinator at Menlo School this past fall, which saw the Knights reach the Central Coast Section Small School Division championship game for the first time in school history.

Menlo head coach Mark Newton said he was sorry to see Taufoou leave but that he believes the Bears' new coach has the personality that will relate well to the M-A players and that he'll be a steadying influence to a program that has seen plenty of highs and lows over the years.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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