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Mark “Coach Cal” Calentino


Wife: Jennifer (Married for 28 years)
Daughter: Camille (21) Student at National University
Son: Mark (18) Student at Saddleback College – Honors Program


High School: Laguna Hills (’81)
Junior College: Golden West (’83) – Alpha Gama Sigma Honor Society
University: San Diego State University (’84-’85), Southern California College (’85-’87)
Minor: Chemistry

Post Graduate

National University (’88) Teacher Credentialing Program

Courses Taught:

This year Coach Cal will be teaching Biology and Auto Academy Biology. In the past he has taught; Integrated Science, Biology, Science 1, Science 2, ESLScience 2, Coordinated Science 1, Coordinated Science 2, Physical Science, Coordinated Science, Astronomy, Living Sea and Human Biology.

Years Coaching Wrestling:

  • 27 Years at SCHS (1990-present)
  • 1 year at Laguna Hills High School (’84)
  • 1 year at Los Amigos (’89)
  • 6 years San Clemente Youth Wrestling. We needed a youth program, so I started one!

Years of coaching sports other than wrestling:

Coach Calentino has coached football for 17 years; 1 year at Laguna Hills High as the head JV coach, and 16 years here at SCHS. In those 16 years Coach Cal coached at the JV & Freshman levels compiling 106 wins, which makes him the winningest lower level head football coach in San Clemente High School history. Along the way we also picked up two Junior Varsity league championships. He retired from the football staff to start a youth wrestling program for San Clemente. I also spent years as our son’s little league baseball coach, and one year coaching youth rugby.

Athletic Experience:

In high school Coach Calentino played football all four years. His senior year he was appointed a captain by the coaching staff, and voted defensive MVP by his fellow teammates. He also was selected as an All-League South Coast League defensive lineman by the Orange County Register. He started wrestling his sophomore year for Hall of Fame Coach Del Schwartz and was voted varsity team captain for each of his three years competing in high school. In high school he also participated in track and field. His freshman year he pole vaulted, and his senior year he threw shot put and discus. In the spring he also competed in power lifting competitions.

In junior college Coach Cal wrestled at Golden West College for Hall of Fame Coach Dale Deffner. His Freshman year he was given the Coaches Award and his Sophomore year he was selected Team Captain by his team mates. His sophomore year he was also undefeated in conference Duals. After his sophomore year he participated in a wrestling cultural exchange trip to Japan with the California Junior College All-Star Team. He also ran cross country his sophomore year for Coach Raul Duarte.

At San Diego State which didn’t have an officially sanctioned NCAA wrestling program Coach Cal continued to wrestle in the Aztec Wrestling Club participating in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials. While at San Diego State University Coach Cal also played Ruby for the nationally ranked Aztec Rugby team for two seasons.

Hobbies and things I enjoy doing:

Family time and days off! Free days are truly a rare commodity with our busy schedule! I also enjoy ocean fishing, vacationing {Travel}, cooking, eating, working with my horse, and trail rides with my family on horseback. Jennifer and I love horseback riding when we are on vacation.  We have ridden in eight different countries on four different continents.


Places he has traveled to in the last few years:

  • Costa Rica (Monte Verde, Manuel Antonio, Quepos, San Jose)
  • Singapore
  • Japan (Tokyo, Harajuku, Shubuya)
  • Malaysia (Bornio, Bako Island, Sarawak)
  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea
  •  Bali
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand, Phuket
  • Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Andalucia)
  • Portugal (Lisbon)
  • Italy (Milan, Venice, Sienna, Rome, Sabaudia, Chinque Terre, Florence)
  • France (Paris, Reims, Lyon, Toulouse, Sarla le Canada)
  • Canada (Montreal, Quebec, Vancouver, Whistler)
  • South Africa (Johannesburg, Kruger Park)
  • Mexico (Baja, Bahia de Los Angeles)
  • USA – Washington D.C., Southern Oregon, Virginia, New York City, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls OH.,
    Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, Reno, Boston, Annapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Happy Valley Penn., Ames
    Iowa, and all over California
  • This summer (2018) I will be traveling with Coach Mark to Roratonga Island which is one of the Cook Islands.

I would like to congratulate the following important people in my life on their impressive achievements

  • Jennifer Calentino (My Wife) – 2013 Hidden Hills Elementary School Teacher of the year. She also graduated Cum Laude from College. You’re probably thinking I over achieved here…..I agree!
  • Cal Calentino (my father) – Life Time Service Award California Wrestling Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Orange County Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
  • John Owens (my mentor) – Life Time Service Award California Wrestling Hall of Fame & in 2014 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame! He is also a member of the Orange County Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
  • Del Schwarts (my high school coach) Inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Orange County Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
  • Dale Deffner (my college coach) Inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Orange County Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
  • Raul Duarte (my college coach) Inducted into the Orange County Wrestling Hall of Fame.
  • David “Boom Boom” Gatian (Friend & College Teammate) – World Champion at the 2014 Gay Games, was unscored upon in the tournament. He plans on defending his title in Paris, France in 2018!
  • Mark Calentino (Son) was a member of the Wind Ensemble, he was also appointed the Brass leader  of the marching band his senior year. He received numerous state and national awards including Master Musician and the John Phillip Souza Award!
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