Tony Calvello, BA, CSCS, USAW
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
"Coach Cal" started coaching at SI in 1987 in the football and basketball programs. After graduating from SF State in 1989, he entered the classroom where he taught English for 6 years. During that period, he continued to coach football and run the weight room. In 1995, he left the football program to become the full time strength and conditioning coach for the athletic department. 2012 marks his first year as Director of Strength and Conditioning.
Tony is a graduate of SI ('84), where he played football for 3 years and basketball for 1 year. He lives in Pacifica with his wife Diane and daughter Nicole (SI Class of 2011), their 3 cats and 2 dogs.
Certified by the National Strength Coaches Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USA Weightlifting Level 1 coach. Tony has also completed course work in Adolescent Nutrition, Medicine Ball Training, Plyometrics, and Advanced Core Training through the C.H.E.K. Institute.
Coach Cal enjoys weight lifting, body surfing and ocean swimming, mountain biking and running on the beach with his dogs, Tango and Pepper.
Other certifications: Red Cross Life Guard, CPR-AED, First Aid and CIF Trainer.
Jim Schmitz, BA, USAW
Program Advisor and Personal Mentor
Graduated from San Francisco State University in 1968 with a BA in Physical Education. He was an All Far Western Conference defensive tackle and team captain on the 1967 Far Western Conference Champions.
Coach Schmitz has been in the strength, health, muscle and fitness business owning and operating The Sports Palace gym and weightlifting facility in San Francisco since 1968 and has coached 10 men to 7 Olympic Teams in weightlifting from 1972 to 1996, including Mario Martinez, who won a Silver Medal in 1984.
In addition, he as coached 3 women to 7 World Championships Teams.
- US Olympic Team Weightlifting Coach 1980, 88, & 92
- President of USA Weightlifting 1988 to 1996
- National Strength and Conditioning Coach certified since 2004
- Writes weightlifting articles for MILO Magazine since 2000
- Teaches USA Weightlifting's Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certification Course since 2005
- •Of special note, Jim has coached several nationally ranked lifters who attended St. Ignatius: Dan Lang '86, Chris DeMartini '98 and most recently Brian Wilhelm '06 is is an Olympic Team hopeful for 2016!
Gustavo Manzanares, BS, USAW
Weight Room Assistant
Gustavo started in 2011 as part of the St. Ignatius Strength & Conditioning team. His approach to training our student-athletes consists of positive energy, a discipline methodology, and competitive environments. Gustavo has worked with all sports teams throughout his time at SI and most recently has had a primary focus in training Men’s and Women’s Crew, Football, and Lacrosse. Gustavo also is one of SI’s resource period coaches that assist general students and student-athletes that use their resource time for more detailed learning.
Gustavo graduated from SI in 2005, earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from San Jose State University and has a Masters Degree in Communications Management from the University of Southern California. He is also an assistant coach for the City College of San Francisco Football program and also played for San Jose States football program.
Laura Wardell, BA
Weight Room Assistant
Laura Wardell graduated from Saint Ignatius in 2007. During her time at SI, she was a three sport athlete playing volleyball, track and field and basketball. Laura, an Alumnus of the Wildcat S&C Training the HS Athlete summer camp helped coach in the summer camp for several years. After graduating from SI, Laura attended Loyola University Chicago and majored in Fine Arts: Drawing and Painting. She is currently enrolled in City College Fire Academy and has gotten her EMT license.
Ashley specializes in physiology of fitness and health after earning her associate’s degree in Kinesiology from Mt. San Antonio College and a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University. She also earned a minor in Holistic Health. While in college she competed for the university soccer and triathlon teams. Ashley is also employed as a strength coach at The Olympic Club Downtown Facility.
- USA Weight lifting
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