Nevada | California | Hawaii
Why FCA Wrestling?
“I want to use two things I love—the Lord for all He has given me, and the sport of wrestling—to serve God. I have a soft spot for wrestling coaches since I was around them my whole life. God has opened up opportunities for me to share my story and encourage wrestlers and coaches at all levels.”
Joined the FCA Wrestling staff in 2017
Chaplain for USA Wrestling
Coached wrestling for 40 years
National Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1994; inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (the first father and son to do so); inducted into the FCA National Hall of Champions
Authored two books—Wisdom from the Corner and The Gov, a Dream Changer
Ironman Triathlon Finisher at age 55
Attended West Point (3 years); graduate from the University of Southern Connecticut
Married since 1990 to wife Stacey; have two daughters, Serena and Toya, and one son Joey; also have one grandson Levi
Why FCA Wrestling?
My first connection with FCA began about fifteen years ago. I was invited to FCA sports camp by a wrestling coach (who has become my best friend and partner in this FCA Wrestling journey). I was so transformed by the combination of sport and faith. It was a new and excellent way to think about faith in God. I began to volunteer with FCA camps and clinics at our school. I figured that I would get more involved after I retired (at 62) from teaching and coaching. This past summer God really put on my heart to go ALL IN with FCA Wrestling after this year of teaching. One of the most powerful experiences I’ve witnessed came last summer when one of our wrestlers spoke before her baptism. She talked about the life-changing experiences she encountered at FCA Wrestling Camp while she was in high school. I had tears of joy streaming down my cheeks as I heard her story. She is now a college student athlete at Menlo College (National Champions) where she is a spiritual leader for her teammates even as a freshman and served as a Huddle Leader at FCA Wrestling Camp last summer. God is changing lives through the good work of FCA Wrestling and I am excited to be a part of it.
On staff with FCA Wrestling in 2020
1987-2020: teacher at Newark Unified School District (Biology, Physical Education, Health)
Wrestling Coach and Football Coach at Newark Memorial High School
Adjunct Professor at Ohlone College
Character Coach at Menlo College for Men’s and Women’s teams; 3-Dimensional Coaching Certified; Global Sports Chaplaincy Course; FCA Character Coach/Chaplain; Positive Coaching Alliance National Double Goal Coach Award Winner; Newark Unified School District Certificated Employee of the Year; Mental Performance Mastery Certified Coach
Attended Chabot Community College, Humboldt State University, Cal State University Hayward
AA in General Ed, BS in Physical Education, MS in Kinesiology
State Runner-up at Chabot College, wrestled at Humboldt State for one season, All Conference Football at Chabot College, Athlete of the Year at Chabot College
Grew up and still live in Newark, California; married Kelly in 1986; have two daughters—Danielle and Alyssa—and one son Marlin; have six grandchildren