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OBITUARY: Julius Menendez (1922-2013)
April 19th, 2013 11:12PM

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Julius Menendez, who was the head coach of the U.S. boxing team and coached Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) to a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics and was assistant coach on the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 Munich Olympics, passed away on April 14, two days before his 91st birthday in Gilroy, Calif.

Menendez, who coached the San Jose State soccer team for many years, also coached the USA in men's soccer qualifying for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

Menendez’s boxers won three gold medals -- making them one of only five U.S. boxing teams since 1924 to win three or more gold medals at an Olympics Games.

Menendez, an accomplished boxer in the St. Louis area and semipro soccer player in San Francisco’s First Division, took the men’s soccer coaching position at San Jose State in 1954. In his 36 seasons, his teams won 295 games, had 22 consecutive winning seasons from 1963 through 1984 and participated in 11 NCAA Tournaments. The 1968 Spartan team finished third at the NCAA Tournament.



3 comments
  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: April 20, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.
    We will miss you! a true pioneer for US soccer.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: April 20, 2013 at 3:34 p.m.
    I had the distinct pleasure and honor to have met numrous occasions Coach Menendez, the first time when I was an undergrad at Cal St Hayward in 1968-69, and then when I was at with the UCLA team played his teams on various occasions. Indeed Coach Menendez was more than just a Coach but a great friend who touched many of the athletes he coached. He, together with Coaches Bod Di Grazia of UC Berkeley and Steve Negoesco of USF, it can be and should be said that they were the true pioneers of the Oakland/SF Bay area college soccer. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Coach!

  1. cony konstin
    commented on: April 23, 2013 at 10:19 a.m.
    JM RIP


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