Head Coach - Clovis High School
Coach Tirapelle is in his 34th year of coaching and 19th year as the head coach of the Cougars. His coaching tenure began in 1983 at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, CA. In 33 years as a head coach, Coach Tirapelle has coached 101 state medalists and 25 state champions, 94 of those placewinners and 23 champions coming at Clovis High. In his 18 years with the Cougars, Coach Tirapelle has lead the team to 12 Valley Championships, 15 'Top 5' State Finishes, and State Championships in 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The most recent State Championship in 2015 is the 13th in Clovis history, fifth in a row, and the only time a team has won more than 3 championships in a row. Clovis' 13 State Championships are the all-time best for any school in California.
Coach Tirapelle is widely regarded as one of the premier coaches in the state, most notably for leading his three sons to 8 state titles and 9 finals appearances in 12 years, also tops in the state for a single family. His three sons were all scholarship athletes at the University of Illinois. Coach Tirapelle wrestled at Ponderosa High School in Placerville, CA and later at Humboldt State University where he became an NCAA Division II All-American. His wife is Jayne. His sons are Adam, Alex, & Troy and his daughter, Brooke.