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Chris Tognoni joins UMMAF

Chris was born in Reno, Nevada on February 8, 1966. He grew up in Gillette, Wyoming and graduated high school in 1984 from Campbell County High School. After a very successful high school wrestling career, Chris traveled through Europe on a US National Wrestling Team in the summer and fall of 1984.


Chris began working on his college degree in January of 1985. After graduating from The University of Wyoming in 1990, Chris moved away from the snow and cold of Wyoming to Bullhead City, Arizona to begin his career as a Teacher, Coach, and Educational Administrator. Chris spent twelve years at Mohave High School in Bullhead City where he taught Weight Training, Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education. He coached Wrestling, Football, Baseball, Softball and Golf. Chris spent his last four years at Mohave High School as the school’s Assistant Principal and Athletic Director.


Chris has spent the last thirteen years in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada where he has taught Elementary Physical Education, Physical Education and Health at Summit View Youth Correctional Center and Physical Education and Health at Del Webb Middle School.


Chris is proudly married to his wife of sixteen years and credits her with being his biggest fan (except for maybe their four dogs) and best friend. Chris and his wife were blessed with the birth of their son Xander on September 21, 2011. This new addition to the family is, in Chris’ words “the most amazing gift I could have ever received”. Chris loves being outdoors and calls himself “a converted desert rat.” He loves playing golf and working in his yard.


Chris was an Athletic Inspector with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for eleven years from 2001-2012. Chris has also officiated high school wrestling for the past 21 years. For the last eleven years, Chris has been officiating MMA and Muay Thai at both the amateur and professional levels. Chris attributes his successes as an official to “the work ethics taught to me by my Dad while growing up. He always told me “if you work hard, good things will happen” and that is pretty much my life’s’ motto that I live by everyday”.



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