Leon PalmisanoVarsity Assistant
Leon Palmisano grew up in Ventura, California. Leon is the seventh of eight children in the Palmisano family. Leon comes from an athletic family. His father played professional baseball and his grandfather played in the World Series. Thanks to his father, Leon grew up playing all kinds of sports, but his favorite was basketball. He traveled all around the country as a youth attending college basketball camps, as well as playing tennis, baseball and soccer. He graduated from Santa Clara High School in Oxnard, California. During high school, he was the team captain and earned MVP awards from many basketball tournaments. During his senior year, he was a point guard and helped the school win their first State Championship Basketball title. Leon played football, track and baseball in high school, as well. Leon continued to play basketball and started for the Santa Barbara City College team. Leon volunteered to assist the coaches for the UCLA Women’s basketball team, and he eventually earned his college degree at UCLA and a Masters in Education at CSUF. One of his highlights at UCLA was when he won a halftime shoot-out contest during a UCLA basketball game. Leon made a lay-up, free throw, three pointer, and a half court shot within thirty seconds for free tuition and books in front of over 12,000 fans.
After UCLA, Leon traveled to Europe and settled in Athens, Greece for a basketball season. After playing basketball for Team Ilioupoli, he worked in Langley, Virgina as an Analyst for the United States Government. Leon married his lovely wife, Monica. They have three children, who all love having their dad as their coach. Leon has been teaching at Fullerton Union High School for the last 18 years. During his time at FUHS, he has coached basketball, tennis and baseball for 17 of those years. He was the head tennis coach and was very successful, with players winning 5 league titles in the 4 years of coaching both the boys and girls tennis teams. For the last 14 years, he has helped to run the Joseph Palmisano Memorial Basketball clinic to raise tuition money for underprivileged students at his childhood church in Ventura. He is excited to help Coach Kamrath and assist the student athletes.