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Riverside businessman and land developer Nick Tavaglione and his wife Sallie are two of the community’s most active sports boosters and fundraisers for local schools, charities and service clubs. Nick, whose family has a Nick Tavaglionelong history in Riverside, played football and baseball at Poly High School and Riverside City College, where he was the first RCC player selected to the All-American Football Team. He graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 1952 and continued his education at Pepperdine University.

Returning to Riverside, young Tavaglione began a successful career in the building industry and from the start, he was extensively involved with his community, serving on various boards and committees at RCC and other local organizations. Nick has also taught and coached at various levels, including elementary and high school.

Two of Nick’s major accomplishments have been founding the Riverside Little League and the Riverside Poly Booster Club. He has also served as Director of the Riverside County Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Board of Riverside National Bank, member of the Riverside County Planning Commission, trustee for Riverside Community Hospital, and President of both the RCC Foundation and the Tiger Backers. In 1992, Tavaglione was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Riverside Recovery Resources, and in 1994, the Riverside Police Officers voted him Citizen of the Year.

Of his appointment as RCC Alumnus of the Year in 1995, now retired Vice President of Student Services Richard Ramirez praised Nick’s continuing dedication to RCC. “He can’t do enough for the College,” he said.

In 1997, Poly High School was also the recipient of Tavaglione’s generosity. Not only did he install a much-needed field for the girls’ softball team, but a graduation night tragedy led to his building a memorial to the three young women who perished in a car accident.

Nick and Sallie have two children: Nick L. Tavaglione and Donna Luginbill.


  1. Richard Johnson says:

    Nick I want to say thanks for being one of the most loyal people I know.
    When I played football at R.C.C. there was one face I remembered seeing
    just as much as the coaches who coached and that was you…..
    always asking the coaches do they need anything, what can I do to help, and that was all while running a Constrution co.
    I just want to say thanks for keepping us kids in mind.
    (This is truly what It means when they say no kid left behind.)

  2. syndi spears says:

    Hi Nick, this is ,Now think hard, The cute little girl you gave the New Foundland Dog too, and you were at the hosptal when i was born, ” Old hank raised me “, thank you for always being there for me in life i have an abundance of gratitude, please contact me, I am in great need of answers for a humanitarian issue it is urgent .your a wise man, I love you and hope to forever be a part of your life. Sincerely , Syndi, we miss you! hope to see or here from you soon.