The depth and breadth of Fairmont athletics keep expanding! We’re excited about two new partnerships which will bring world-class opportunities to our student athletes — both immediately and well into the future.
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Muñoz who will coach and oversee our wrestling program. Coach Muñoz’s resume reads like a “Who’s Who” in the sport. An NCAA National Champion and two time All-American while competing at Oklahoma State University, he went on to become a member of the FILA Junior World Wrestling Team, where he earned a silver medal.
Coach Muñoz has coached at the collegiate level, both at his alma mater (where he helped lead the team to an NCAA National Championship) and at UC Davis. He then took a break from wrestling and began a successful career competing in mixed martial arts. Check out his record on the ESPN website.
But wrestling is in Coach Muñoz’s blood, so he returned to coaching, this time at the high school level. He also trains young wrestlers (ages 7 – 18) at Reign Wrestling Club in Laguna Hills. We look forward to seeing him grow our new wrestling program. Plans are already being made to bring the sport to our high school campuses in the 2021-22 school year.
We are excited to announce our new partnership with Strikers FC Irvine, Orange County’s #1 youth soccer club. Gustav Gratzer, one of Strikers FC Irvine longest-tenured and most successful coaches, has signed on as the Technical Director of Soccer at our athletic academy. Elite middle school soccer players will now have the opportunity to receive top-tier training and sport-specific coaching during the course of their regular school day.
Coach Gratzer’s history with the Strikers FC Irvine precedes his tenure as a coach. He actually played on one of the first Strikers’ teams before he went on to a successful collegiate career at UC Irvine. After completing his education, he returned to the club — this time as a coach. He also previously coached at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, leading his teams to multiple CIF titles.
For the past 15 years, Coach Gratzer has been teaching physical education at our Historic Anaheim campus. And now, he brings his considerable experience and expertise to Fairmont’s athletic department, where his reach will ultimately extend to multiple campuses.