Tony Calabrese | Education and Human Services | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Tony Calabrese


Retired 2015

BS Physical Education  1965 SIUC
MA Teambuilding Curriculum Design  DePaul University  1988

About Mr. Calabrese

Tony Calabrese has been associated with SIU since 1960 as a student, athlete, and graduate assistant.  He attended SIU from 1960-1966 where he received his BS in Physical Education, and was a member of the SIU Men’s Gymnastics Team that won an NCAA National Championship, and compiled a record of 67 wins and no losses. During the summers from 1967-1980, Tony was a High Adventure instructor at SIU’s Touch of Nature Underway Program at Little Grassy lake.

After graduation, Tony taught at Glenbrook South High School from 1966-1993 where he taught Physical Education and Adventure Education.  He also coached Boys’ Gymnastics, Girls’ Gymnastics, Boys’ Volleyball, Girls’ Volleyball, and Boys’ Soccer.  During that time he was selected as Illinois and Midwest “Physical Education Teacher of the Year”, Finalist for “National Teacher of the Year” and was twice selected as Illinois “Coach of the Year” for Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics.

After retiring in 1993, Tony and his wife, Rhea, moved to Southern Illinois where he continued his teaching and coaching career with the following positions:

   Anna Jonesboro High School, Anna, Il, 2003-2008 Girls Volleyball Coach
   Anna Junior High School, Anna, Il.  2004-2008 Girls’ Volleyball Coach
   Carbondale High School, Carbondale, Il.  2009, Girls Volleyball Coach

Since 2004, Tony has taught a variety of classes in the Kinesiology Department at SIU specializing in the PETE Program and Teambuilding.   He is also involved in the following University and College committees: 

            Co- Director of PETE - Teacher Education Program
            NCATE Certification Committee
            Chairperson of SIU Touch of Nature Advisory Committee
            Director of the Southern Illinois Physical Education and Health Conference 2004-2014