Joe Callero

Joe Callero (born August 26, 1962)

Teams coached: Puget Sound Loggers, Seattle Redhawks, Cal Poly Mustangs
Puget Sound record^: 22-25 (.468)
Seattle record^: 117-105 (.527)
Cal Poly record: 126-184 (.406)
Overall record^: 265-314 (.458)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2014)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2013)
  • Great Northwest (Div II) Regular Season Champion:  1  (2007)
  • Big West Tournament Champion:  1  (2014)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  1  (2007)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2009-2019 Cal Poly
2001-2009 Seattle
1999-2001 Puget Sound
1998-1999 USC (asst)
1995-1998 Highline CC
1989-1992 Highline CC

Joe Callero Facts

  • Joseph Dominic Callero
  • Born August 26, 1962
  • Hometown: Enumclaw, Washington
  • Alma Mater: Central Washington University (BS, 1986) / Seattle University (M.Ed, 1991)
  • Callero is one of sixteen, growing up in Enumclaw, WA and attending Enumclaw HS
  • Played at Central Washington, helping lead the team to the NAIA Final Four in 1985
  • Started his coaching career in 1989 with his first of two three-year stints at Highline CC (WA)
    • For three seasons, Callero served as head coach at Sumner HS (WA)
    • Returned to Highline for another three years in 1995; finished with a 130-49 record over six seasons
    • Earned conference COY honors in 1997 and 1998 after leading the team to a combined 63-2 record over those two years
  • Spent the 1998 season as an assistant under Henry Bibby at USC
  • Went 22-25 in two seasons as the head coach at Division II University of Puget Sound
  • Became the head coach at then-Division II Seattle in 2001, coaching the Redhawks for eight seasons
    • Won 117 games at Seattle and won a share of the GNAC regular season title in 2007
    • Seattle began transitioning back to Division I in 2008; Callero coached the team as D-I Independent
  • Hired in 2009 as the head coach at Division I Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA
    • Has taken the Mustangs to two postseason tournaments in nine years, including the program’s first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament by way of a Big West Tournament championship in 2014
    • Callero was let go in March 2019 after ten seasons at Cal Poly
  • Along with his wife, Erika, has one daughter

Joe Callero Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching seasons at the NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III levels; Seattle record includes seven seasons when the program was a Division II member