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Calcagno hopes to bring success in his first year at California High School

Cal senior Josh Gerlach competes at the Best Coast Showcase on Sept. 13, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Cal senior Josh Gerlach competes at the Best Coast Showcase on Sept. 13, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Head coach Danny Calcagno has a long and strong coaching history here in the Bay Area for 27 years, both at the high school and junior college level, most recently at Chabot Community college. 

Leading his alma mater, San Leandro High School, to four league championships and four NCS championships in a row. Calcagno was named Coach of the Year six times at Chabot College, where he also won six conference titles and made it to the Northern California Junior College championship game in 2014 and 2015. 

Calcagno has sent many of his student-athletes on to the next level, with more than 300 student-athletes signing letters of intent under his 27-year coaching career.  

Now Calcagno is back coaching at the high school level for the California High School Grizzlies. This should have been his first year coaching in the fall, but due to COVID-19, Bay Area sports got put on pause to the spring by the California Interscholastic Federation.  

“Hoping and praying we at least get our league schedule for this group of seniors who deserve to play a few games,” Calcagno said. 

Leading that senior core is right tackle Charlie Reynolds, along with the two outside backers in Josh Gerlach and Jake Hubbard. Reynolds has received offers from Cal Poly, Dartmouth and UC Davis before committing to Azusa Pacific. Azusa had recently dropped its football program after his commitment, but Calcagno said Azusa Pacific will honor his football scholarship. 

The rest of the senior class, like Gerlach and Hubbard, are the ones that Calcagno is hoping to get back on the field and obtain more film for recruiters. “

“They have already lost much of their football career,” Calcagno said. “I am really hoping to play games again for these seniors and get the film they need to be able to have an opportunity to play at the collegiate level.”  

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