Part 2: Matt Sulli had the opportunity of speaking with the Track & Field Head Coach at Vista Murrieta High School (VMHS) about legacy. A lot people know Coley Candaele as a head football coach for 19-seasons, (13) at Vista Murrieta and (6) Carpinteria (Alma mater). These two episodes focus on the Legacy of an All-CIF Championship athlete, CIF Championship head coach and father.
Coach Candaele has a fascinating story with a track record of success as an all-CIF athlete in football, where he won (3) CIF Section Championships as the quarterback at Carpinteria High School (Hall of Famer), as well as being one of the top rated track & field runners in the country. Coley’s ability to dominate as a track athlete (running a 4:06 mile) led to an athletic scholarship to the University of Oregon.
Coach Candaele has multiple CIF Track & Field Champions as an athlete and coach. Following the 2015 season he retired as the head football coach at VMHS to focus on coaching his two daughters (with his wife Karen as the assistant coach) in track and cross country (Qualifying for the Nike Nationals in 2018).
Note: Coley was a head football coach for 19 seasons reaching the CIF Section Finals (9) times (7 consecutive at VMHS) with 2-section champions. Almost 50% his teams qualified for a section championship game appearance. Amazing! Additionally, 100% of the players that received a Division 1 scholarship (47 out 47) reached the field in a college game (the national average is 40%). However, not everything was easy for Coley, and he had to reevaluate everything he was doing as a college athlete and coach following some major setbacks.
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