Lacrosse playoffs: Menlo School wins opener

Menlo School coach resigns over disciplinary incident

In a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League lacrosse playoff opener Monday, host Menlo School defeated Los Altos, 10-4. The Knights (11-10) will visit top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep (13-4) on Wednesday, May 9, at 4 p.m.

The Gators reportedly will be missing two key players due to injuries, including freshman goalie Austin Appleton.

The Knights, however, are playing without head coach Todd Blumbergs, who resigned last week. Blumbergs had disciplined a Menlo player for an off-the-field incident but was told by the school's administration to hold off on his decision while the school could thoroughly review the situation.

"I was asked to overturn a disciplinary decision I made regarding one of our players," Blumbergs told the Menlo School paper, The Coat of Arms. "My options were to be on board with the administration's decision and story, or resign. These boys should never expect less from me (than standing by my values)."

Norm Colb, Head of Menlo School, said:

"While I was in the process of conducting this review, the coach independently took disciplinary action of the student. When I learned of what the coach had done, I asked him to reverse, or at least suspend, his disciplinary course of action. The coach felt that he could not honor that request and resigned his position.

"We, at Menlo, take great care to thoroughly review any kind of potential disciplinary action. The integrity of our students is always our top priority. The situation has now been resolved in a way that the school feels is appropriate."

Menlo assistant coach Nate Calhoun has taken over as head coach for the remainder of the season.

Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by skeptical
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Was Menlo School planning to continue investigating this incident with the team captain until the playoffs were over and his suspension would not affect the season? I applaud the coach. We don't see many acts of integrity like that these days.

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Posted by Critique
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

So, skeptical, your comment above implies that we should teach our children that a person is guilty until proven innocent? Since when does a coach rightfully become a judge and jury that hastily give sentence?

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Posted by member
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Critique- when the player admits in detail the wrong doing to the coach, and accepts punishment there is no jury. Its between the coach and player. not the administration. Get smart. I have a feeling you are a parent who should probably say "no" to your kid more.

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