Coley Candaele announced that he will step down as Vista Murrieta’s Athletic Director at the end of this school year. The much admired and respected coach will remain as the school’s track and field coach. He will also stay on as the coach of the Broncos’ cross country programs.
Candaele’s wife Karen is the other head Coach of the cross country program. He will will also continue to be part of the football program as the team’s special teams coordinator.
Candaele was selected as the school’s athletic director three years ago, replacing Ray Moore who retired. He said the growing demands of the Athletic Director’s position made it difficult to continue as the school’s cross country and track and field coach. “I had to make a choice, and I’m not ready to give up coaching at the moment. It’s the best decision for everyone involved.”
Candaele’s Broncos won 2 consecutive Division 1 California State Championships in 2015 and 2016. He is a legend as the Vista Murrieta football coach. As head coach he won 9 Southwestern League Championships and took the Broncos to the CIF Football Championship finals an incredible seven times.
He won the CIF SS Championship in 2011 and finished as runner-up in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. As head of the Vista Murrieta football program he had a record of 132-25. Candaele’s lifetime record as head coach is 184-75-1. Could he be coming back?
“An athletic director is asked to do so much more these days” said Candaele. “For a while, I made it work just by putting in extra hours. But it’s too much of a workload for one person to do and keep on coaching.”
The Broncos are now looking for Candaele’s replacement as the Athletic Director. The position was posted this week.