Mike Cembellin is in his 38th year on the athletics staff at Santa Clara University as the Director of Sports Medicine. Cembellin is responsible for the prevention and care of athletic 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.
Cembellin came to Santa Clara in July 1977 as the Head Athletic Trainer, replacing 50-year veteran Henry Schmidt. While at Santa Clara, Cembellin has participated in many extracurricular activities. He gave medical coverage in the East-West Shrine Game in 1987 and to the Brazilian team in 1994 World Cup. Additionally, he was the Director of Medical Facilities for the first World Games in 1981 and from 1998 through '99, he was the team athletic trainer for the NCAA Soccer College Cup. He was also the medical facilitator for the champion Brazilian team in 1994, and since 1994 has been the site coordinator and examiner for National Athletic Trainers Exam at Santa Clara.
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, and continued his football career at UCR with a full scholarship while participating as an outside center on the 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.
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.