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.