- Updated 2014
Coach Emeritus - Mitch Naufel
Coach Naufel spent 3 decades coaching wrestling for Toledo Central Catholic High School. Coach Naufel was inducted into the Sandusky St. Mary's Central Catholic Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005. Coach Naufel ‘77 was an All-Ohio linebacker for the Panthers in his senior year and also qualified for the state wrestling championship where he finished third in just his second year of competition. He earned four varsity letters in football and wrestling at Defiance College where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2003. Coach Naufel is also a member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Coach Emeritus - Doc Leffler
Coach Leffler started the wrestling program at Toledo St. Francis de Sales High School in 1956 and continued as head coach for 15 years. During that time, Coach Leffler put together Ohio's longest high school dual meet win streak of 120 consecutive wins. In 1966-67, Coach Leffler was the president of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association. During his tenure his high school team won two State Championships in 1964 and 1970. In 1971 Coach Leffler was the first coach named as the Ohio High School Coach of the Year. Doc is a member of the Ohio High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is a member of the University of Toledo's Athletic Hall of Fame as a wrestler. In 1971 Doc campaigned the US Junior World Wrestling Team to Japan. In 1972 Doc coached the US Junior World Team in the Greater European Games in Trieste, Italy. Doc has coached 11 individual Ohio High School State champions. Doc has a proven record of campaigning individuals and building champions.
Youth Coach Emeritus - Tony Vaughn
Coach Tony Vaughn spent five valuable years, from 2004 through April 2009, in Toledo, Ohio assisting with the formation, philosophy, and overall character of the Jr. Rocks Wrestling Program. For that, we are indebted and Tony has earned the title of Coach Emeritus. Tony Vaughn, a former Big Ten wrestling champion from Purdue, earned All-American honors, placing third at the 1994 NCAA Division I national meet. He also holds the Purdue single season record for most wins (40 in 1996). In August 2004, Tony earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Administration from Eastern Illinois University. While there, he acted as the wrestling team’s Graduate Assistant Coach and assisted with the athletic department’s academic services program. Prior to coaching at Eastern, Vaughn was the head coach at Mount Saint Clare (IA) College for 2 years. From 1997-2000, he was an assistant coach at Manchester (IN) College. Manchester finished 6th in the nation in NCAA Division III twice during this time. For three seasons (2004 - 2007) Tony was head coach of the St. Francis Wrestling Club and was a member of the high school coaching staff. Tony's gift of wrestling and his ability to communicate with young wrestlers is unprecedented. Coach Vaughn is an account manager with Harris Healthtrends a Heathways Company. He and his wife Marquita reside in Nashville, TN.
Daniel A. Piloseno, 1914 - 2003
Central Catholic coach lifted wrestling program
Daniel A. Piloseno, a former coach and teacher at Central Catholic High School who helped build the wrestling program there into a state contender, died Tuesday in University Community Hospital, Tampa. He was 88.
He died from complications of pneumonia, stroke, and diabetes, his son, Daniel, Jr., said. Formerly of Sylvania Township and Worthington, Ohio, Mr. Piloseno lived most recently in Tampa and suburban New York City.
He was an assistant football coach and government teacher at Central Catholic in the late 1950s when he was assigned as head coach of a moribund wrestling program.
"He was an amazing character," said Dick Torio, founder of Torio's Health Club, who has wrestled, coached, and officiated the sport. Mr. Torio helped Mr. Piloseno the first few weeks.
"He did a marvelous job. He built the team up so that when they wrestled Rogers and St. Francis and Whitmer [high schools], you couldn't get in," Mr. Torio said. "the competition was fierce."
Mr. Piloseno was inducted into several statewide athletic halls of fame, including the coaches and wrestling halls of fame and, in 1996, into the Central Catholic Hall of Fame.
"He wasn't only important to the program at Central Catholic, he was important to wrestling in the Toledo area," said Mitch Naufel, wrestling coach at the school the last 16 years. Central Catholic last month held its sixth annual Dan Piloseno Wrestling Invitational.
Mr. Piloseno was an all Atlantic Coast Conference offensive lineman at North Carolina State University and coached football at the high school and college level.
"It's ironic that [wrestling was] what they inducted him into the athletic hall of fame for, because football had been his life" until the Central Catholic wrestling program, said his son, an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration.
Mr. Piloseno grew up in Bellaire, Ohio, and was an Army veteran of World War II serving stateside. He had nearly completed his doctorate in education at the University of Toledo in the mid-1960s when he became supervisor of public high schools in Franklin County. He retired in 1983.