M-A football coach Adhir Ravipati was named the San Francisco 49ers Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week winner for week four following last Friday night’s win over Los Gatos High School, 35-28.
At the end of the game, Los Gatos only needed to get in the end zone to tie it up, but in a series that couldn’t have summed up the crazy game better, M-A came up with a huge sack on a 4th and four to finally secure the win.
“It is somewhat ironic that I receive this great recognition after a game that I was not happy with our team’s performance, but I was definitely proud of the growth a sloppy game like this showed in our kids,” explained head coach Ravipati.
He was not satisfied with how his team played, but he was very proud of what a tough win like this proves about his team. The coaching staff stresses the importance of their players’ success off the football field and puts a heavy emphasis on the importance of being good leaders and men in life.
“We talk a lot about that process of what it takes to be successful off the field. While it was a frustrating game, I think Friday was a great testament to the process and brought home everything we preach and value,” said Coach Ravipati.
“This game speaks volumes on the growth of our players over the course of a year. To overcome the adversity they did and go through that and come out on the other side… They had to dig deep in this one and believe in themselves, and not quit just because it was hard.”
This is coach Ravipati’s second year as head coach at M-A, and he deflected much of the credit to his principal at Menlo-Atherton, the administration, the board, athletic directors and of course, the rest of his staff.
“They just do so much for our kids off the field and they are so supportive; I wouldn’t be able to do it without them and their support, and they deserve so much of this credit. I’m humbled by this recognition,” he said.
As 49ers Coach of the Week, Adhir Ravipati will receive a $1,000 grant for the Menlo-Atherton High School football program from the 49ers Foundation. As part of this award, he will also receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field. The week prior to the game, Coach Ravipati will be invited to the visit the SAP Performance Facility to watch a closed practice where 49ers head coach Chip Kelly will officially present him with his award.