Coach Calentino's Bio Page

Mark "Cal" Calentino

"The Calentino family on spring break 2010 in New York City"  "I just couldn't help wonder what my grandparents felt as they passed the Noble Lady so many years ago!"


"Mark Jr. with his Salmon Grouper and winners check $$$.  Mark won the 2010 Southwestern Yacht Club Bottom Fish Tournament Junior Division.  Papa Mark also won his division that day!"


Two Broom Tail Grouper that I caught on the same drift.

Me with the big daddy yellow tail caught summer 2007

The Calentino's on horse back on the beach Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Spring Break 2008

Home made pizza.  A valentines day dinner tradition.

Camille and I on a trail ride


On my horse Trinket.  I trained her from a green horse to a good trail horse.  At least she doesn't throw me anymore!

The Calentino's in Copper Canyon summer 2007

Head Coach: (Mark Calentino)
Mark "Cal" Calentino

Wife: Jennifer (Married for 20 years)
Daughter: Camille (13)
Son: Mark (10)

High School:
Laguna Hills ('81)
Junior College:
Golden West ('83)
San Diego State University ('84-'85)
Southern California College ('85-'87) Major: biology Minor: Chemistry

Post Graduate
National University ('88) Teacher Credentialing Program

Courses Taught:
This year Cal will be teaching Coordinated Science 2a & 2b, as well as Auto Academy Coordinated Science 2.

In the past he has taught; Integrated Science, Biology, Science 1, Science 2, ESL
Science 2, Physical Science, Coordinated Science, Astronomy, Living Sea and Human Biology.

Years Coaching Wrestling:
25 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 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.

Two years as his 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 sophmore 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

Hobbies and things you 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.

I would like to congratulate the following on their recognition by the California Wrestling Hall of Fame
John Owens (my mentor) – Life Time Service Award
Places he has traveled to in the last few years:
Costa Rica (Monte Verde, Manuel Antonio, Quepos, San Jose)
Japan (Tokyo, Harajuku, Shubuya)
Malaysia (Bornio, Bako, Sarawak)
Thailand, Phuket
Italy (Milan, Venice, Sienna, Rome, Sabaudia, Chinque Terre, Florence)
France (Paris, Reims, Lyon, Toulouse, Sarla le Canada)
Canada (Montreal, Quebec)
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 (2015) I will be traveling with Joe Mark (SC Wrestling Coach) and my son Mark to South
East Asia. On the itinerary are: Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap Cambodia, Thailand both Phuket and
surrounding areas, Singapore, Bali, Kuching and Bako island on Borner Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Seoul
South Korea. Yes that is in chronological order!

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.0
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 appointed the High Brass Leader for the 2015-2016 school year for the SCHS
Marching Alliance. He also is part of the Wind Onsomble, and will be part of the Jazz Band next year.
Cal Calentino (my father) Life Time Service Award