Over the past five years, St. Vincent de Paul has greatly increased its athletic prowess with the hiring of fantastic coaches and administrators to run the athletic department. It began with the hiring of head football coach Trent Herzog to his position in February of 2017. During his tenure, Mustang football has risen to being one of the elite football programs in the North Bay. Success on the field begins with success in the classroom and Herzog believes that saying: “First and foremost, we want to deliver an exceptional high school experience in the classroom and on the athletic field, for our students and their families.”
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.
Since then, the hires of Will Bullard (Head Women’s Basketball Coach), Morgan Selmi (Head Women’s Softball Coach) and Karina Sundberg (Head Women’s Volleyball 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. Principal Patrick Daly gave his full endorsement to Campbell as the Mustang Athletic Director saying: “Just seeing how well she worked with our student-athletes, our coaches and the respect that she had for them. She’s bringing with her a great reputation, strong work ethic, intelligence and a great personality.”
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.”