Those who follow the Menlo Park Legends know that David Klein has stayed true to his baseball playing roots. Now the Menlo-Atherton High School alumnus is taking it a step further, joining his alma mater as Head Varsity Baseball Coach.
As head coach of the Legends, a collegiate summer baseball program, David has coached more than 400 collegiate athletes, including a number from M-A. His relationships with hundreds of collegiate coaches and professional scouts nationwide have resulted in the signing of over 40 players to professional contracts with MLB. This experience well positions him to secure college scholarships and enhanced opportunities for M-A student athletes to play at the next level.
“I couldn’t be more excited to give back to the community that has given so much to me, both as a student and an athlete,” said David. “Returning to M-A, where I have so many fond memories and interactions with great teachers and coaches, is a dream come true.”
A differentiating factor of David’s success is his holistic formula based on positive coaching, nutrition, strength training and mental skills, developed from coaching over 5,000 children and young adults in the Menlo Park vicinity since 2008. As founder of the 501(c)(3) organization Legends Village, David has offered baseball-playing and mentorship opportunities to dozens of low-income, underprivileged and disabled youth in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood and East Palo Alto through his organization’s scholarship programs.
“My coaching staff will focus on developing players of strong moral character, with the ability to balance both on and off field challenges,” said David. “My vision is to create the premier high school program in Northern California and that all aspiring ball players in M-A’s catchment area will be eager to enter our first-class program.”
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