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WEEKLY ATHLETICS RECAP

Chabot sports roundup, Feb. 6 edition

FANENE TAKES THE REINS
 New Chabot head football coach Eric Fanene is no newcomer to Gladiators athletics. He’s been an integral part of the program, in fact.
 Fanene has served as Chabot’s special teams coach and recruiting coordinator the past six years, and has experience as a defensive coordinator at College of Marin, Mendocino and Santa Rosa JC.
 He seems well-suited for his new expanded role at Chabot.
“He’s doing a great job,” former Chabot head coach Danny Calcagno said of Fanene. “The program is in good hands.”
A local legend, Calcagno stepped down after the 2016 season to spend more time with his active family. He was replaced initially by offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Nick Goulet, but Goulet only kept the job, a part-time position, for a short time before accepting a fulltime job as head coach at Feather River.
 Fanene, who is married to Chabot women’s volleyball co-coach Siu Fanene, played football at Santa Rosa JC and Winona State University. He knows his stuff.
“A very knowledgeable defensive football coach,” Calcagno said. “He’s been in charge of our strength and conditioning and recruiting coordinator, so he knows what (the job) entails. Now the hurdle he’s gonna have this year is putting together an offensive staff because they basically lost all the offensive coaches.”
But Fanene has done a good job already keeping virtually all the returners in the fold.
 Calcagno's Gladiators won six conference championships (2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) during his high successful run, advancing to the state playoffs twice (2014, 2015) and winning the 2015 Bulldog Bowl championship.
 He was conference coach of the year six times and state coach of the year once. He was also a successful coach and two-sport athlete at San Leandro High, Chabot, and starred at Sonoma State. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants, and played as a free agent in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
 Calcagno is being inducted this year in the San Leandro Sports Foundation Hall of Fame.
 Even though he's still a fulltime Chabot instructor, it was hard for him to step down from the football.
“Some days I really miss it and wish I didn’t, and then most of my days I’m happy that I did,” Calcagno says with a laugh. “My wife (Cheri) is very happy. It’s definitely relieved some of her stress. I just didn’t realize how much time football took.”
Now he's freed up to spend more time with his kids. His daughters (Maddi and Ally) are active in sports at California High in San Ramon, and his athletic sons (Jake and Josh) are in fifth grade and seventh grade.
“I just felt it was the right time,” Calcagno says. “I planned on going on for one more year, but in talking with Nick, he was ready for a change. I just thought this was a good time. My wife and I prayed about it because faith is a big part of our life. It wasn’t easy, but I’m happy with the decision, and I can always come back and coach.”

FOOTBALL: An impressive group of Chabot players signed with four-year programs: Matt Guevremont (Bowling Green); Aaron Andrews (Northern Arizona) Josh Revay (McKendree) Dream Greene (East Central); Chauncey Davis (East Central), Marcel Reliford (East Central); and Troy Roush (Angelo State).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Gladiators showed excellent balance in two wins last week, as five players reached double figures each time.
 Victories over San Jose City, 71-68, and Skyline, 66-50, all but locked up second place behind City College of San Francisco in the Coast-North.
 Against Skyline, American High graduate Tylore Bell had her third triple-double of the season with 10 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals. Others reaching double figures were De’Zire Hall (12 points), playing only 23 minutes, Ugo Obiama (10 points, 10 rebounds), Ariana Vargas (13 points), and Vanessa Vonnegut (12 points).
 Against San Jose, Bell had 12 points, 10 boards, nine assists and five steals. Others in double figures were Hall (13 points), Ayanna Gallegos (12), Miccaela Suarez (12), and Vonnegut (12).
 The Gladiators (19-7, 7-2) will host Las Positas Wednesday at 5 p.m., and will complete conference play at College of San Mateo Feb. 10 and Ohlone Feb. 15.

 MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Gladiators (4-19, 1-8) will host Las Positas at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Coast-North, befire traveling to Canada Friday. Marcus Booker led Chabot with 14 points in a loss to Skyline on Feb.3, and Jabarri Harris had 13. Eliot Harris amassed 21 rebounds, six assists, four steals and six points. Raj Dhanoa had 10 points and six boards.
 -- Matt Schwab


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