The excitement around athletics at St. Vincent de Paul continued when the most accomplished basketball coach in the North Bay, Tom Bonfigli joined the program in May 2020. In 40 seasons, his teams have earned 17 league championships, 2 NCS championships, 2 NorCal championships and accumulated a remarkable 833 wins. While those wins place Coach Bonfigli 7th all-time in the state of California, what he has truly achieved is a lifetime of relationships and positive impact on the lives of his students and players. Read more about Coach Bonfigli here. Bonfigli then brought in two beloved coaches in Petaluma, Nick Iacopi to coach the JV team, and Michael Baribault to coach the Freshman team and run program operations.
Since then, the hires of Will Bullard (Head Women’s Basketball Coach), Morgan Selmi (Head Women’s Softball Coach), and Bo Reece (Head Women’s Soccer Coach) have begun to elevate our women’s sports programs at St. Vincent de Paul. Our Mustang Athletic programs are thriving due to the dedicated head coaches it has, as well as the committed assistant coaches each program has.
In April 2022, it was announced that Heather Campbell would become the school’s Athletic Director and Head Athletic Trainer. Campbell has brought more than 27 years of experience in high school athletics, both as a parent and Athletic Trainer. Campbell has earned the respect of many in the Petaluma community, but also around the North Bay. Her ability to multi-task, elevate programs, and work alongside athletes, coaches and parents have made her the perfect for for this position.
The love for St. Vincent de Paul from the Athletic Office is immense. “I love SV because of the family atmosphere. I am fortunate to work with a strong and smart staff who share the same goal of supporting students,” Campbell said. “Because of the small school environment, I am able to make meaningful connections with all students as well as parents, which creates an environment of mutual respect and community. I truly value the community that is St, Vincent De Paul.”
Campbell also wants all student-athletes to be at their best in the classroom before stepping in to athletic competition, saying: “To me, the students should always come before the athlete, I want to continue to build that, and continue getting banners where you’re the highest GPA. Really focusing on fostering an environment where students and teachers feel supported and everybody feels a part of the big picture.”
To learn more about where St. Vincent de Paul High School Athletics is going, please read this December 2022 article written by John “JJ” Jackson of the Petaluma Argus Courier titled “New coaching staff brings new life to St. Vincent athletics.”