Coley Candaele

Coley Candaele, Hall of Fame Athlete

Coley Candaele, Hall of Fame Athlete

With a passion for football and track, Coley Candaele excelled in both and was named the CIF Athlete of the Year in 1990. As a player and coach, Coley Candaele led the Carpinteria High School football team to four CIF Championships. During 1987-1989 Coley quarterbacked for three Championship Teams. In 1989 Coley was named CIF Player of the Year and was part of the All-CIF team in both 1988 and 1989. In 2002, during his last season as head coach of Carpinteria High School, the team went 14-0 capturing his 4th CIF Championship.

Coley Candaele’s match-ups during the 1990 track season with rival, Arroyo Grande’s Louie Quintana, were legendary, with Coley ending up the national prep leader that year with a 4:06 1600M. Candaele was the Santa Barbara County Champion in both the 800M and 1600M in 1998 and 1989. After accumulating six Individual CIF Championship Titles (800/1600), one Relay CIF Championship Title (4×400) and a State Championship Title in the 1600M in 1990, Coley earned a full track and field! cross-country Scholarship to the University of Oregon. After two years at Oregon, Candaele finished his collegiate career at Cal-Poly San Louis Obispo running track and cross-country.

Coley is currently the Head Football and track & field Coach Vista Murrieta High School. Selected as Riverside County Coach of the Year in 2005 after leading the Broncos to a 9-4 record, Coley’s team picked up the fIrst playoff win in school history; all in the programs second varsity season.