Excellence In Action

In the “Excellence In Action” feature, Murray Athletic Development acknowledges the accomplishments of those who have either trained directly with MAD, or who have trained with MAD Director John Murray during his career. Congratulations for the efforts as well as the accomplishments of all those acknowledged below!

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."

― Aristotle

Margie Beima notched her 500th victory as the head coach for Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep’s Girls Varsity Volleyball Team with a tough five set match against Palo Alto in S.H.C.P.'s Serve It Up Volleyball Tournament. During her 17 years as varsity head coach, Beima has captured two West Catholic Athletic League titles, seven Central Coast Section Championships, five NorCal Championships and one State Title. Although Coach Beima personally eschews the limelight, she has garnered numerous coaching awards throughout her career. In addition to being named Coach of the Year by CalHi Sports in 2018, by the Western Region of the National Federation of High School Sports in 2010, and by the San Jose Mercury News in 2004, Coach Beima was also honored as the California Interscholastic Federation Model Coach of the Year for Girls Volleyball in 2011-2012 and was recognized as a CCS Honor Coach for Girls Volleyball in 2005.

Despite the significance of her most recent achievement, Coach Beima downplayed the milestone. When asked to comment on her 500th victory, Beima who likes to keep the spotlight on her players, deflected, “Stay somewhere long enough, I guess . . . ,“ and then she went on to discuss her team’s stellar play. Last year, Beima piloted the Irish to the semifinals of the State Tournament. This year, already 3-0 in W.C.A.L. play and 18-4 overall, Beima and a more seasoned Irish Girls Varsity Volleyball Team appear poised to make another postseason run. Coach Beima is the first cousin of MAD’s Director John Murray who firmly believes that his cousin will eventually tally over 1000 victories.

Mark Biggins graduated from Saint Ignatius last spring, and he received a full scholarship to play football for the Cal Poly Mustangs in San Luis Obispo. Mark starred at running back and defensive back for the Wildcats, and after the W.C.A.L. season concluded last year, he worked out with MAD in order to prepare for the college combines and to make a successful transition to the college level. Mark had the good fortune to train with one of his future teammates, Laipeli “Bubba” Palu. Bubba who starred at linebacker for the C.S.M. Bulldogs for the past two seasons, and was named the NorCal Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, received a full scholarship offer from Cal Poly at the outset of the college signing period. Mark and Bubba still work out together, but now they do it at Spanos Stadium in S.L.O. The two athletes are destined to cross paths with another one of their MAD training partners, Kai Martin, who now starts in the defensive backfield for the Sacramento State Hornets. The Mustangs and the Hornets are slated to grind it out on October 26 in S.L.O.

Dina Frenkel was selected to be a member of the California Youth Soccer Association’s U14 State Cup Team. Dina is one of the top goalkeepers in the Glens Evolution system. She first came to MAD a year ago as part of a special Goalkeepers Training Program which MAD conducted with Glens Evolution. Dina recognized the value of her MAD training, and after the Goalkeepers Training Program concluded at the end of 8 weeks, she decided to continue her workouts with MAD. Dina has been training regularly with MAD ever since. Though just an 8th grader at A.P. Giannini Middle School, Dina never misses a workout, and approaches her training in a very disciplined fashion. She serves as a tremendous example to the other athletes of all ages, and her success is no surprise to everyone at MAD.

Kainalu “Kai” Martin is starting in the defensive backfield this season for the Sacramento State Hornets. Kai received an offer of a full scholarship from the Hornets last spring, and now he is fulfilling his dream of earning a college degree with his football skills. After trips to the State Championship with both Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep and the College of San Mateo, Kai had high hopes of continuing his football career and competing in a four year college program. Once C.S.M.’s football season ended last year, Kai and his friend and fellow Bulldog teammate Bubba Palu came to MAD for the specific purpose of preparing themselves to make the transition to the D1 college level. Their dedication and hard work paid off as both received full D1 college scholarships. Bubba received a scholarship to play for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, another Big Sky Conference perennial powerhouse. The two friends will face off in head to head competition when the Hornets square off against the Mustangs on October 26 at Spanos Stadium in S.L.O.

Angie McAdams captured second place in the 29th Annual Big Chill Out surf competition at Linda Mar Beach held on September 21. Angie competed against 12 other contestants in the junior women’s heat. Conditions for the tournament were less than optimum with small surf and glassy water, but Angie was able to get the most out of the few waves that came her way. Although she appreciates her success this year, according to Angie, what she enjoys most about the contest is how it brings the Pacifica community together. More often than not, Angie can be found honing her skills in the Linda Mar break, and she competes in surf competitions up and down the west coast year round. Angie also stars for the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team, and she and her teammates have been training with MAD for the past year. Recently, Angie was featured in “The MAD Outdoors” section of The MAD Times. Readers can learn more about Angie and her surfing career at https://www.madtraining.org/post/the-mad-outdoors-2 .

Laipeli “Bubba” Palu is starting at linebacker for the Cal Poly Mustangs this season. When the college signing period opened last year, San Luis Obispo offered Bubba a full ride right out of the gate. Bubba had excelled at both the high school and junior college levels. In his senior year at Burlingame High, Bubba was named the Peninsula Athletic League’s M.V.P. and a Polynesian All-American, and last year at C.S.M., the NorCal Conference named him its Defensive Player of the Year. Like his good friend Kai Martin, who also trained with MAD and now starts in the defensive backfield for Sacramento State, being able to finance his education through football fulfilled one of Bubba’s life-long dreams. However, also like his teammate, friend, and workout partner, Bubba did not want to simply play at the next level; he wanted to excel at the next level. The two aspiring D1 stars approached MAD about helping them prepare to make a successful transition to D1 football. As a result of their determination and incredible work ethic, Bubba and Kai achieved their goals. Their paths are destined to cross again when the Hornets match up against the Mustangs on October 26 in S.L.O.

The Saint Ignatius Junior Varsity Football Team has bolted out of the gate with a 3-0 start this season. After suffering through a winless campaign last year, Head Coach Owen Maguire and his staff seem to have righted the ship, and the team is undefeated heading into its W.C.A.L. opener against Saint Francis. The players’ spirits are running high and their camaraderie is strong as is evidenced by the picture above which shows the J.V. Wildcat gridders gathering to clean up the beach at Fort Funston as part of the team’s community service.


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