Chris Salabaj is the new wrestling coach at Damien High School.
He is no stranger to the school or the area, having taught computer science there in 1997 and 1998.
He played football at the University of La Verne in 1993 and 1994 and started his coaching career at Webb heading the wrestling program from 1997 to 1999.
He will be a a walk-on coach with his primary job being at Our Lady of the Assumption in Claremont which is one of the feeder schools to Damien.
“The schools draw on tradition and I think a little of that has been lost lately,” he said. “I really want to get back to embracing that and building on it.”
Salabaj has been pleased with the turnout so far with 32 athletes out for the team, even before football players reported at the conclusion of their season.
Salabaj is also a special teams coordinator and defensive line coach at La Verne.
Rancho Cucamonga cross country coach Terry Tierney talks about his girls team making CIF-SS Division 1 finals despite not getting the best race from No. 1 runner Erin Holton
Upland’s Nathan Tilford looks for running room against Rancho Cucamonga earlier this season.
Glendora at Colony
West Covina at Bonita
Redlands East Valley at Elsinore
Riverside Poly at San Gorgonio
Carter at Heritage
Pomona at San Dimas
Upland at Hart
Mission Viejo at Rancho Cucamonga (at Los Osos)
All semifinals Tuesday
Alta Loma at Garden Grove
Summit at Cate
Upland Christian at Faith Baptist
All Semifinals on Wednesday
At Woolett Aquatic Center, Irvine
Los Osos vs. Dana Hills, 5 p.m.
At Diamond Bar HS
Claremont vs. Redlands, 7:30 p.m.
At Mt. SAC
San Dimas vs. Rio Mesa, 4:30 p.m.
Don Lugo vs. Rowland, 3 p.m.