By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona High School has named David Tomaino as its new wrestling coach to replace Steve Koch who resigned.
Tomaino brings a plethora of experience and success. He wrestled at Jackson-Milton High School in North Jackson, Ohio, and was a three-time state qualifier and placed fifth in the state. Tomaino also lettered in football and baseball at Jackson-Milton.
He attended Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 2003 and lettered in wrestling. He was inducted into the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Hall of Fame in 2009.
The new RHS coach earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2006 and is currently a contracts analyst for the San Dieguito Union School District.
Tomaino started his coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant for his father, who is also a member of the Eastern Ohio wrestling League Hall of Fame. While coaching at Steele Canyon High School from 2004 to 2006, Tomaino coached the school’s first CIF champion. His most recent coaching assignment was at Del Norte High School, from 2009 to 2012, where the Nighthawks won the Valley League title in 2011-2012. He has 34 dual meet wins in four years as a head coach, and he has coached 31 CIF placers, three CIF champions, three Masters placers, a Masters champion, and a California State placer.
“Upon Steve Koch’s resignation, I knew that we would attract top quality wrestling coaches because of the fine program coach Koch had built,” said RHS Athletic Director Damon Baldwin. “This was not an easy decision as there were very good candidates. David Tomaino brings an incredible background in all areas of being a head wresting coach.”
“The fantastic thing about this hire is that we get to also keep the No. 1 assistant in Dwayne Guile as well. Ramona can look forward to continued wrestling success,” Baldwin said.