Memorial Service Set For Legendary Julius Menendez

            A memorial service for legendary coach Julius Menendez will occur Sunday, May 19, 1:00 p.m. in the Morris Daley Auditorium in Tower Hall on the San Jose State University campus.

            Mr. Menendez (1922-2013) died on April 14 in Gilroy, Calif., two days prior to his 91st birthday.

            The San Jose State graduate is known as the only American to coach two different United States Olympics teams in two different sports in two separate Olympiads. He was the 1960 USA Boxing team coach and coached Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) to one of three American gold-medal winning performances in Rome. Mr. Menendez also was the 1976 USA men’s soccer team head coach.

            As a coach at San Jose State, Mr. Menendez coached the Spartans to the 1958, 1959 and 1960 NCAA Boxing Championships and directed 11 men’s soccer teams to the NCAA Tournament.

            Parking will be available in the campus’ 7th Street garage located at the corner of 7th and San Salvador streets.

            In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Julie Menendez Endowment, c/o The Spartan Foundation, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192.

            Contact either San Jose State Men’s Soccer Coach Gary St. Clair at 408-924-1261 or Lawrence Fan, athletics media relations director, at 408-924-1217 with any questions connected with the memorial service for Julius Menendez.