Calvary Chapel hires former Churchboyz star Dane Valdez as coach
Calvary Chapel has hired one of its former star wrestlers to lead the program in the wake of the sudden firing of two coaches.
The California wrestling powerhouse announced Thursday morning that it has named Dane Valdez as its coach, replacing the fired Sal Garcia and Jacob Harman.
Valdez won a state title in the 119-pound weight-class at Calvary Chapel in 1993, helping the school capture its first of a Southern California-record seven state titles. He also was the first Calvary Chapel wrestler to win an individual state title.
Valdez went on to become an All-American at Oklahoma and is a member of the Orange County Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Valdez coaches a club team, Valdez Wrestling, in Orange County. His twin brother also wrestled at Calvary Chapel for former coach John Azevedo.
Coach Sal Garcia and longtime assistant coach and former head coach Jacob Harman were fired about 2 1/2 weeks ago. The school also parted way with Calvary Chapel’s feeder club, the Harman-led Team Thunder, but declined to comment on the reasons.
Garcia said some parents were “upset at some of the coaches” but declined to elaborate.
“Without getting into details, ultimately it’s their kids they’re concerned about,” Garcia said.
Harman said he was unsure why he was fired, adding, “I got let go because the church board said it was time to part ways.”
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