CIF ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 1990
A standout athlete for Carpinteria High School, Coley Candaele excelled in both football and track, earning seven varsity letters – three in Football and four in Track & Field. He was named the CIF Athlete of the Year in 1990 and has the unique experience of leading the Warrior Football team to four CIF Championships and two undefeated seasons, both as a player and a coach.
On the gridiron, Candaele started on offense and defense for the Warriors, but put his name in the record books as the quarterback with most points scored (222) and most career passing yards (4,620). He led the Warriors to three consecutive Tri-Valley League and CIF Championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989, including an undefeated 14-0 season in 1987. Candaele earned All Tri-Valley League honors in 1987, 1988 and 1989, and was named the league MVP in both 1988 and 1989. He was also named CIF Player of the Year in 1988 and was part of the All-CIF teams in both 1988 and 1989.
Candaele excelled even further on the track, setting multiple school, league and CIF records throughout his career and leading the Warrior Track & Field team to Tri-Valley League titles in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Candaele was the Santa Barbara County Champion in both the 800M and 1600M in 1998 and 1989. He compiled six individual CIF Championship titles, winning both the 800M and 1600M in 1988, 1989 and 1990, and was the anchor on the Warriors CIF Champion 4x400 relay team in 1990. He established school records in the 400M, 800M and 1600M, as well as the CIF Division IV records in the 800M and 1600M. Candaele placed third at the State Championships in the 1600M in 1988, second in 1989 and finally became the State Champion in 1990 with a national leading time of 4:06.26.
Candaele earned a full Track & Field/Cross-Country scholarship to the University of Oregon, competing there for two seasons. He finished his collegiate career at Cal-Poly San Louis Obispo running track and cross-country and earning All-American honors twice in the 1500M.
After graduating from Cal Poly, Candaele spent four seasons at Covina High School before returning to Carpinteria High as Head Football Coach and assistant Track & Field Coach in 1997. Under his leadership, the Warrior Football team compiled a record of 51-24-2, finishing as CIF runner-up in 1998 and culminating in another perfect 14-0 season and CIF Championship in 2002.
Candaele left CHS at the end of the 2003 school year to become the Head Football and Head Track & Field Coach at the then new Vista Murrieta High School. His Football and Track & Field teams have achieved great success under his leadership. With Candaele at the helm, Vista Murrieta has been to the CIF Inland Conference Football Championship game the last four years, winning the championship in 2011 and finishing as runner-up in 2009, 2010 and 2012. The Track & Field teams have won the Division 1 CIF crown for four consecutive years (2010-2013). The Boys Track Club was also the Nike National Boys Track & Field Champions in 2010 and finished second in 2011.
Candaele and his wife Karen live in Murrieta with their two daughters, Peyton and Devyn.