Flores Chosen to Relaunch Vanguard Wrestling Program

Head Coach – Caleb Flores (photo/Vanguard University Athletics)

Wrestling – Sun, Mar. 24, 2019

Vanguard University is pleased to name Caleb Flores as the Head Coach of the revived Vanguard Wrestling program. After a 39-year hiatus, the “Matmen” will once again return to The Pit behind Flores, who has spent the last eight years as the Assistant Coach at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, as well as being the Assistant Coach at Northview High School in Covina, which was his alma mater.

Flores has a wealth of wrestling knowledge gained over the past two decades being affiliated with the sport including being well versed in up-to-date wrestling techniques, training modes, and nutrition to best help the Vanguard Wrestlers succeed on and off the mat. In his tenure, he has guided a pair of dual Junior College State Championship Teams, coached his teams to a Top-5 finish for six consecutive seasons, instructed 11 individual state champions, and 28 All-Americans. In 2013, he was recognized as the CCCAA Southern Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

I would like to thank Vanguard University and Athletic Director Jeff Bussell for this great opportunity to be a part of the Lion family. I look forward to building the Vanguard wrestling program and strong relationships within the wrestling community,” Flores declared. “I am excited to see the expansion of wrestling here in California and even more specifically here in Orange County.

Flores’ education began at the University of Northern Iowa where he gained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications before gaining a Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University – Irvine in 2018.

In his wrestling days, Flores was named the 2007 Redshirt of the Year Award Winner at Northern Iowa before going on to be a NCAA Division I National Qualifier the following year. Twice he was named All-Conference for the Western Wrestling Conference and by his senior year he was recognized as team captain. A man of varied skills, he has also served as an adjunct professor at Mt. San Antonio College teaching yoga curriculum, kickboxing classes, and development curriculum in both areas of study. Flores is a certified yoga instructor. He also was the USA California Wrestling Folkstyle National Team coach.

We couldn’t be more excited about Coach Flores joining the VU Athletics family as the leader to bring wrestling back to our great campus,” Director of Athletic Jeff Bussell proudly said. “Caleb brings outstanding experience, professionalism and faith-based principles to Vanguard wrestling.  The young men representing our program will find Caleb has unlimited enthusiasm for the sport and an uncompromising commitment to their overall experience as student-athletes. Caleb will be an asset to our university, department and the community.”

Flores will immediately begin recruiting members of the latest edition of the Vanguard Wrestling team, much to the delight of Southern California College alums from 1973-1975 who had incredible success on the mat. During their inaugural season they went 15-1 and capped it off with a perfect 20-0 season in 1975. Along the way, the team won three consecutive NAIA District III Championships, and hold the distinct honor of the Vanguard Gym being named “The Pit” as opposing coaches hated the wrestling environment due to the raucous crowd and small, intimate environment on match days.

For those interested in being recruited for the men’s wrestling team at Vanguard, please begin the undergraduate admissions process by clicking here. You may contact Coach Flores at caleb.flores@vanguard.edu. Stay up on all the latest with Vanguard Wrestling by following them on Instagram @VU_Wrestling.