Coach Kevin Hall
Coach Hall graduated from Vista High in 2003, qualifying for state that same year. Coach Kevin was a USA, California State Champion for Greco-Roman his senior year. He went on to wrestle for Lassen Community College for 2 seasons. He resides in Capo Beach California today, where he serves as a mortgage banker for Ladera Lending LLC. He is the head coach for the BKWC program and is in his 8th year coaching the team.
Coach Reza Khanjan
Coach “Rez” or Coach K, wrestled in New York as a high school athlete, breaking into the varsity lineup as a freshman, a first year wrestler He wrestled all four years, becoming a co-captain his junior year and team captain his senior year. His senior year he went undefeated in dual meet matches, and he won the county tournament, going unscored upon in the process. Coach Rez was offered several scholarships but had to take time off after experiencing a car accident that injured his neck and back. Coach Rez left New York and continued his education where he attended community college, Cal State Fullerton and Western State University, earning his Juris Doctorate in 2002 and passing the California State Bar that same year. Today, Coach Rez is a partner in the premier criminal defense law firm of Khanjan | Nosratabadi, Attorneys at Law in Newport Beach. Both of his boys wrestle for the Big Kat Wrestling Club.
Coach Joe Petronis
Coach Joe Petronis will enter into his sixth year as an assistant Coach with the Big Kat Wrestling staff. Coach Petronis spent most of his time as a youth competing in Football, Wrestling, Baseball, and Basketball. His wrestling days began with the Canyon Freestyle Youth Wrestling Club and continued on at Canyon High school in Anaheim California. Coach Petronis eventually ended up focusing his training and attention on football, which earned him a full ride athletic scholarship to play football for the Division 1 University of Texas El Paso Miners. Coach Petronis is married to his beautiful wife Aimee and they have 4 children. Their oldest twin boys Blaine and Riely are standout athletes at J Serra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano where they compete in Basketball and Baseball. Their middle son, Kyler is 12 and he is entering his 3rd season as a Big Kat wrestler. Their youngest daughter Jasmine is 10 and she enjoys singing, dancing and theater. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and watching his kids compete in sports. Some of his hobbies include weightlifting, running, and surfing.
Tim Cornish was a Division 1 national qualifier for Fresno State in 2000. He finished top 12 in the country. He now enjoys coaching his daughters Sophie and Maggie, who wrestle for the club, along with his son Jace.
Coach Nico Ramirez is an alumni wrestler for Capo Valley High School. He is the head coach of our beginner wrestling team. Nico has coached for the Big Kat in previous seasons and we are blessed to have him back! He is also a personal trainer, yoga instructor, boxing instructor and MMA fighter.
Big Kat Original Founder/Coach Rich Bordner
Coach Bordner has recently moved to Texas. He was the founder of Big Kat Wreslting club. He served the team faithfully for 8 seasons none of this would be here without him. Rich wrestled high school in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he placed third in the state in 1997. After graduating he wrestled at Ohio State from 1997-2002, where he lettered twice, graduating in 2002 with degrees in English and Philosophy. He moved to California in 2003, performing assistant coach duties at Dominguez High School in Compton from 2006-2009. In 2009, he took over as head coach of Capistrano Valley High School, where he continues to coach today. In 2014 he obtained his master’s degree in Philosophy from Biola University. He was the league coach of the year in 2012 and 2016. He currently lives in Mission Viejo with his wife, Ezichi, and two daughters: Amara, born in June of 2011, and Zara, born in June 2014.