Mike Cembellin is in his 39th year on the Athletic Department staff at Santa Clara University as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine. Cembellin is responsible for overseeing and directing the management of medical care for student-athlete related injuries on the mission campus. He and his staff have been honored by the University for their outstanding achievement to the University and Athletic Department at the school's annual Staff Recognition dinner.
Officially, Cembellin started at Santa Clara on July 1, 1977 as the Head Athletic Trainer, replacing 50-year legendary veteran Henry Schmidt. While at Santa Clara, Cembellin has participated in many extracurricular activities. He assisted the San Francisco 49ers during their pre-season while they trained on the Santa Clara University campus in 1979. In addition, he assisted the 49er medical staff with taping and sideline management of a couple pre-season games at candlestick park. Additionally, he was the director of Medical Services for the first World Games hosted by the City of Santa Clara in 1981. In 1984, he helped provide athletic training services for the Los Angeles Olympics. Also, Cembellin provided medical coverage in the East-West Shrine game in 1987. In 1994, Mike was the medical facilitator for the World Cup soccer champions, Brazil. The Brazilian team was hosted on the Santa Clara campus for six weeks in 1994.
Cembellin was the medical facilitator for many NCAA championship events in the sports of baseball, soccer, basketball and football. Mike also provided medical care at the Collegiate National Boxing Championship finals. Cembellin acknowledges that his most exciting event was our NCAA 1st round upset against the University of Arizona in basketball during the NCAA championship tournament in 1993.
Cembellin also co-authored two chapters for the medical textbook "Athletic Training, Principles and Practices," and has volunteered at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Palo Alto for a corrective therapy internship. Cembellin earned a bachelor's degree in biology from UC Riverside after he transferred from Gavilan Junior College in Gilroy in 1972.
Cembellin completed his athletic training credential from Long Beach State in 1976 and passed the National Certification Exam for Athletic Trainers that summer. During his collegiate years, Cembellin competed as a fullback on the football team and a catcher on the baseball squad for two years at Gavilan Junior college, and continued his football career at UCR with a full football scholarship, while also participating as an outside center on the UCR collegiate rugby team. While working on his certification, Cembellin received athletic training experience at St. Anthony's High School in Long Beach, Golden West Junior College in Huntington Beach, and Long Beach State University. Then volunteered one year at SCU prior to his full time employment.
Born and raised in Hollister, Calif. Cembellin enjoys his daily exercise, and reading his three different newspapers everyday at the Hungry Hound. Cembellin's leisure time is spent with family, friends and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.