Coaches:

Water Polo Coaches:
Matt Warshaw—Director
South Coast Aquatics Director Matt Warshaw is a Thousand Oaks native, South Coast alumnus, and graduate of Thousand Oaks High School, where he competed as a varsity water polo player and team captain. Matt's coaching experience includes a season with the Newbury Park High School program before founding the Golden Bay Water Polo Club in 2001. Golden Bay began as a youth program, with just nine athletes, but quickly grew to be among the most competitive programs in Ventura County. The Golden Bay program merged with the South Coast Water Polo Club in 2003, and expanded to include programs for four separate age divisions, including high school. In 2004, Matt added a swim program to the South Coast catalog. In 2017 South Coast took over the Malibu Water Polo Foundation at Malibu High School & in 2019 they merged with the Titan Water Polo Club.

Over the years, the South Coast Water Polo Club has achieved tremendous success throughout California and Hawaii, including a Bronze Medal at the 2008 Junior Olympics (14 & Under Boys), 6 San Diego County Cup medals, a Hawaiian Invitational championship (2004) and runner-up finish (2006), and a top-20 finish at the 2006 Junior Olympics for the boys (15th place) and girls (29th place) teams. At the 2010 Junior Olympics, South Coast placed 10th in the 14 & Under Boys Platinum Bracket; and 5th in the 14 & Under Girls Gold Bracket. At the 2011 Junior Olympics South Coast was represented with eight teams across the age groups, the 16U boys finishing a club best 10th in the platinum bracket. In 2012 South Coast qualified nine teams, including a silver medal finish with the 18U boys. With more than 300 current members, South Coast is proud to boast nearly 3,000 alumni athletes, including many NCAA Division I, II, and III players; and continues to thrive as the third oldest club water polo program in the state of California.

In addition to his work with the South Coast program, Matt holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Cal State University Northridge (CSUN), where he is also the head coach for the Division I women's water polo team since 2016. Prior to his work with the Matadors, Matt spent 12 years as an assistant coach for the men's and women's water polo teams at California Lutheran University, which celebrated Women's Division III National Championships in 2007 and 2010. From 2012-2015 Matt joined the Olympic Development staff as an assistant coach for the 10th/12th grade and under boys in the Coastal California Zone.
Travis Allain—12U Rio Mesa Site & 18U Boys
Travis began his water polo career in 8th grade before attending San Marcos High School where he was a dual sport athlete in water polo and swimming. He was a First Team All-Channel League recipient, along with earning All-CIF Southern Section and All-American selections for the Royals. He also held positions as section editor for his high school newspaper, The King’s Page, and President of the Drama Club.

Travis went on to attend University of Redlands where he competed for four years with the Bulldogs, winning three SCIAC conference championships. Travis graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English creative writing. Following college Travis has coached for multiple clubs in the Santa Barbara area including Santa Barbara Water Polo Foundation, Santa Barbara Premier & Santa Barbara 805 WPC. He also spent many years as the head coach of the UCSB men's water polo club team. In addition to his position with South Coast Travis is currently the head coach at Ventura College of the men's water polo team.  
Carson Arnett—14U Boys
Carson Arnett began playing water polo with South Coast at the age of nine. He has played water polo year round since then and still continues to play. Carson is a Westlake High School graduate where he was a four year Varsity starter who was a two time first team all Marmonte player along with team MVP. Currently, Carson is a sophomore at Los Angeles Valley College, where he has played the past two years on the water polo team as well as a member of the swim team. At LAVC, as a Freshmen year he was second team all-conference and the team finished fourth in SOCAL. His Sophomore year, he was named first team all-conference, first team all-SOCAL, All- American as well as team captain. With LAVC he won conference both years, finishing second place at State Championships the second year.  
Shayle Barrus—12U & 14U Moorpark Site
Shayle began playing water polo her freshman year of high school as a goalie at Thousand Oaks High, then transferred to Moorpark High School prior to her junior year. Shayle was a member of three South Coast Junior Olympic teams where she competed for the 16U & 18U girls. Following high school she began playing for Ventura College and just finished up her second collegiate season. In addition Shayle has been coaching the Moorpark Girls Water Polo team for the past two seasons.
Ben Brown—12U & 14U Boys
Ben Brown was first introduced to water polo when he was nine years old with San Diego Shores Water Polo. During his nine years with San Diego Shores Ben competed in Junior Olympics eight times. Ben competed for Mater Dei Catholic High School where his team was crowned Mesa League Champions twice. Ben was a 4x 1st Team All-League award winner, along with a 2x Player of the Year in high school. In his first season at CLU Ben received a 1st Team All-SCIAC Conference award as well as being named a 1st Team All-American. Ben is currently majoring in Business Administration.
Trevor Campbell—14U Rio Mesa Site
Trevor Campbell has been playing water polo and swimming since 2012. He is a left-handed attacker who has played four years of water polo for the 2013-2015 Marmonte League Champions, Agoura High School. Trevor was a starter for three out of the four years and was the team captain his senior year. Trevor also excelled on the Agoura High School Swim Team. Aside from his high school competition, Coach Campbell played four years for Los Angeles Water Polo Club, where he was a starter for three of the four years and went to Junior Olympics all four years, playing in Platinum his last two years. Later, Trevor went to California Baptist University for a year and red-shirted for their water polo team. Currently, he is a starter for Ventura College water polo where in his freshman year he earned Athlete of The Week and First team All-Western State Conference. Coach Campbell was in charge of the 14U travel team at Titan Water Polo, and brought them to the Junior Olympics in the Classic Division. He is currently studying Kinesiology with a final goal of becoming a Physical Therapist.
Hans Cole—16U & 18U Boys
Hans Cole began his water polo career when he was 10 years old. He started with the Malibu WPC and played for various clubs, including South Coast. Hans then went on to Malibu High School where he earned two Varsity letters for water polo and was the varsity team captain in 2015. He qualified for CIF three times and was a CIF Southern California D6 Water Polo Champion in 2014. He participated in five Junior Olympics. Hans is currently playing water polo at California Lutheran University where he is majoring in multimedia with an emphasis in digital cinema.
Jens Cole—16U & 18U Girls
Jens has been playing water polo since the age of 11, getting his introduction and early exposure to the sport by Malibu Youth Water Polo Foundation. Under the coaching of current South Coast coach Hayden Goldberg and Malibu High School head coach Mike Mulligan, Jens fueled a love and passion for the sport early on. He played high school water polo at Malibu High School, where he played varsity all four years. At his time at MHS, he surpassed the all-time assist record, was awarded team MVP his senior year, was selected to All-Tri Valley League first team, first-team All-Ventura County tournament team, and Southern California all-star team. In 2011, his team were league champions. In 2012, they were ranked #1 in the D6 league and also were league champions. In 2013, his senior year, the team finsihed runner-pp in the CIF Finals game.

Academically, Jens was a four-year honor roll member and was also a California Scholarship Foundation member all four years as well. His club water polo experience included four years with South Coast. Playing with the South Coast water polo team, they won gold at Junior Olympics. He now plays at Pepperdine University, where he is finishing out his water polo career as a senior on the team. He is studying political science with an emphasis on social action and justice. He has been an Academic All-American all four years at Pepperdine. He intends to graduate this year and attend graduate school at Pepperdine.


Chris Dilworth—Malibu 12U & 14U
Chris was introduced to water polo with South Coast Aquatics at the age of 7. He earned four varsity water polo letters and three varsity swim letters competing for Thousand Oaks High School, where he set 8 school records records for the Lancers. He was voted Marmonte League player of the year as a junior and was a member of the Coastal Zone Olympic Development team in 2012 and 2014. Chris plans is pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Pepperdine University while playing Division I men's water polo for the Waves.
Braden Fisk—12U & 14U Boys
Braden Fisk started his water polo career at the age of fourteen as a freshman at Davis High School. There he participated in both swimming and water polo all four years. During high school he fell in love with the sport and continued to play water polo year round for the Davis Club Team where he competed in four Junior Olympic tournaments. After high school he went on to play for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo club team for four years, where he was the president of the team in 2014. Braden had the honor of coaching the CWPA’s ‘Team of the Decade’ Women’s Club Water Polo 2012-2015, helping the team earn their spot at nationals twice. He also coached the Cal Poly Men’s Club Water Polo team his last year in 2015, bringing the team to 2nd in the Pacific Coast division. Braden graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering and currently works in Digital Health at Amgen in Thousand Oaks. He believes in the promotion of health through sports and technology, and hopes to bring his innovative personality to inspire young students to bring change for a better world.
Kaitlin Gardhouse—10U Boys & Girls and intro camps
Kaitlin Gardhouse started playing water polo at the age of 12. She played for Agoura High School where she was a 4-year Varsity Water Polo player. During her time at Agoura High School, she was a 3 time USA Water Polo Academic All American. She was named to the 2016, 2017, and 2018 All-Marmonte League first team, 2016, 2017 and 2018 second team All-CIF, 2018 VC Star All County Girls Water Polo first team, 2018 AHS Defensive Player of the Year, 2018 Agoura High School Winter Athlete of the Year, contributed to AHS being 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Marmonte League Champions, and 2018 AHS captain. Kaitlin is currently attending California Lutheran University where she is pursuing a degree in Biology and plays water polo for the Regals.
Hayden GOldberg Hayden Goldberg—16U Boys & Malibu 12U & 14U
Hayden was a three-year varsity water polo player and swimmer at Malibu High School, where he earned 1st team all-league honors MVP awards. He helped lead the Sharks to CIF playoff appearances each year, and qualified as a CIF swimming finalist. Hayden went on to compete with the Ventura College water polo program, helping his team to reach the conference finals.

As a coach, Hayden has spent the last 10 years as head coach of the Malibu Youth Water Polo Club, and served as the Assistant Coach of the Malibu High School Girls Water Polo program. He currently coaches at Malibu High School as the head coach for the Malibu High School girls water polo team and assistant coach for the boys program, where his teams have made a combined five appearances in CIF finals. In 2013 Hayden coached the Malibu 16U boys team to a 5th place finish at the Junior Olympics.

Brandon Gross—14U Boys
Brandon was first introduced to water polo at eleven years old when he joined South Coast. After competing at multiple Junior Olympics & Hawaiian Invitationals he went on to compete for Agoura High School where he was a three year varsity starter and earned a CIF title in his senior year. In his senior season he earned 1st team All-CIF, 1st team All-Marmonte League & was named a high school All-American. After graduating from high school Brandon went to California Lutheran University where he played for Coach Rond & Coach Warshaw. He was a 3x All-SCIAC conference player and a 3x NCAA All-American. He holds records in the top ten in program history at CLU for goals, steals, drawn exclusions and assists. Brandon graduated with a BS in business management & small business entrepreneurship. As a coach he was also a member of the Agoura High School boys staff where he helped guide them to two CIF titles. He has over ten years experience coaching club water polo and says one of the most rewarding things is seeing his players move on to the college level. Brandon is married Sara Gross and currently lives in Simi Valley.
Kelly Grosswendt-Goalie Coach
Kelly Grosswendt started playing water polo for South Coast in 6th grade. From there she continued to play club up until she graduated form Newbury Park High School. She has participated in five Junior Olympics. She was also a standout member of the water polo program at Newbury Park High School where she was awarded most outstanding defensive player all four years as a goalie as well as being the varsity team captain her senior year. Kelly played four years of collegiate water polo at the University of Redlands where she earned a bachelors degree in Graphic Design.

Chet Hardy—14U Rio Mesa Site
Chet Hardy first began to play water polo in 7th grade for the Titan Water Polo Club at Rio Mesa High School. He then competed all four years at Camarillo High school where as a sophomore on the Varsity team, Chet was awarded Second Team All-League honors. His junior year, he achieved First Team All-League and was named Camarillo MVP. In his senior campaign he was the team captain and helped lead the team to the first league championship in school history. In addition to water polo Chet was also a four-year member of the Camarillo swim team. Following high school, Chet went earned a Bachelors Degree in History while also coaching for Gold Coast Water Polo Club. Chet was the lead coach for the 14U girls team at the 2019 Junior Olympics. Chet has also coached basketball at Oxnard High School and Rio Del Valle Middle School.  
Jack Hughes—Malibu 12U & 14U
Jack Hughes is a two year varsity level athlete for the Malibu High School waterpolo program. He has been playing in the Malibu Youth Waterpolo foundation since the age of 11. He has played under olympic goaltender Merrill Moses, Coach Of The Year award winner Micheal Mulligan, and Coach Hayden Goldberg since youth. He has partaken in two Junior Olympics under the S&S Bruin Waterpolo Club. Additionally, Jack is a CIF finalist in swimming, and a three year varsity athlete in the sport. He currently plays at Malibu High School for his final season. 
Andre LaSerna—16U Boys
Bio coming soon. 
Scarlett Lund-Sidi—16U Girls
Scarlett started playing water polo at age twelve for Lightning Aquatics out of Westlake High School. This is where she first found her love for water polo. Scarlett attended Westlake High School, where she was a three-year varsity water polo player and co-captain her senior year. Scarlett also was also a three-year varsity swimmer, competing in the 200 & 500 freestyle & 100 butterfly. In high school she was a member of South Coast, competing on the 2011-2012, 16U JO team. She went on to play water polo at Ventura College where in 2013 she earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as being on the swim team. In 2017 she took over the Camarillo High School girls water polo program. Scarlett’s club experience includes taking a 14U boys team to Junior Olympics with the Titans. She’s currently completing her bachelors degree with an emphasis in Education, planning on following that up with a teaching credential in Elementary Special Education.  
Andrea Murillo—Rio Mesa Site Director
Andrea was first introduced to water polo at 13-years-old playing for Titan Water Polo Club where she was coached by both of her brothers, Cecilio and Eddie; she attributes her love for the sport and first successes to them. She was a 4-year varsity starter for Oxnard High School, playing as a utility and primary penalty shooter, and earned First Team All-League and Third Team All-CIF titles her junior and senior year. Unable to continue playing in college, she reconnected with water polo in 2013 where she began assisting in managing Titan Water Polo Club for six years. Andrea is fluent in Spanish, serves as assistant director for Ventura County Youth Water Polo League, and received her B.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from UC Santa Barbara.  

Backus Nahas—Goalie Coach
Backus started playing water polo at the age of 14 at Porterville High School, continuing on at Ventura College and Master’s programs. Four of his years in Master’s he played under USA Water Polo Hall of Fame coach Sandy Nitta at Team Vegas/Henderson Water Polo Club. He has coached youth sports since 1997 including water polo, basketball, baseball, MMA and soccer. Backus has a strong focus on fundamentals, positive attitude and teamwork to help inspire young athletes to achieve their goals in sports. In addition, Backus owns a family farming operation that grows and markets strawberries and enjoys spending quality family time with his wife Kamala and their three children Asha, Sassin and Samir.

Adam Payan—16U & 18U Boys
Adam began playing water polo when he was ten years old in Ventura. He attended Ventura high school where he was a three year varsity starter. During his high school career the Cougars were finals runner-up in CIF Division 4 & semi-finalist. Adam earned 1st team All CIF honors & twice was selected to the 1st team All Channel League. In addition to twice being selected to the 1st team All County team and a high school All-American. Coach Payan was on the Ventura High School staff from 2005-2009 as soph/frosh, JV, & varsity assistant coach. Then from 2009-2011 coached Ventura Water Polo Club 16U & 18U boys where in 2010 they traveled to Budapest, Hungary for multiple international tournaments and common training with the elite clubs all over the country. From 2011–2013 he worked with the Gold Coast 12U teams before joining the South Coast staff in 2018.

Cody Pletcher—Tournament Director & Asst Coach
Coach Pletcher has been the director of Ventura County Cup for six years, successfully hosting years of tournaments. In addition to Ventura County Cup each December South Coast hosts The Tune Up Cup in May for teams prepping for Junior Olympic qualifying. Pletcher heads that tournament up as well.

He also serves as the assistant coach at California Lutheran University for the men’s and women’s water polo teams. Originally from Houston, Tex., he attended Alvin High School where he played water polo for three years. He earned all-conference selections twice and an all-state bid his senior year.

Pletcher is currently the head boys coach at Thousand Oaks High School. He earned a degree in History while minoring in Education at Whittier. Cody then went on to earn a Master's degree in history at Cal State Northridge.

Mike Potter—14U & 16U Boys
Michael Potter began his water polo career at age 11 with South Coast Aquatics. He went on to compete at Thousand Oaks HS where he was a three year varsity letter award winner, leading the Lancers to the semi finals in CIF his senior year, along with MVP honors and a 1st team CIF selection. Michael then attended California Lutheran University where he was a four-year member of the swim and water polo teams. He graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice and is currently pursing a career in law enforcement. He enjoys training and competing in open water swimming.
Lexi Rond Lexi Rond—10U Boys & Girls and intro camps
Lexi Rond started playing Water Polo for South coast Aquatics when she was 9. She then went on to play for Agoura High School where she was named an Academic All-American, High School Water Polo All-American, Agoura High School Water Polo Captain, Marmonte League Water Polo Player of the Year 2017, High School Water Polo All-CIF 1st Team 2016 and 2017, Ventura County Water Polo Player of the Year 2017, and L.A. Daily News Water Polo Athlete of the Year 2017. After High School, Lexi went to Santa Barbara City College where she was voted team captain. Along with Water Polo, Lexi is an LA County Lifeguard. Lexi is now a student-athlete at California Lutheran University where she is a member of the women's water polo team.

Jason Rosenthal—Girls Technical Director, Head Girls Coach
A 27-year coaching veteran, Coach Jason has served as the girls Head Coach for 21 years and the Boys' Head coach from 1992-2003 & 2014 and led the boys' program to four Marmonte League Championships in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2014 as well as 12 straight playoff appearances. In 1996 Jason helped to form the first ever girls water polo team at AHS and has been in charge of the program ever since. From 1996-2017 he has led them to 18 Marmonte league titles, 5 CIF Championship Finals, 2 CIF Titles and has won a CIF record 142 (and counting) consecutive league games.

  • Marmonte League Boys Coach of the Year- 1994, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2014
  • Marmonte League Girls Coach of the Year- 1999-2003, 2005-2016
  • CIF Coach of the Year- 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007
  • Los Angeles Daily News Coach of the Year- 1998, 2002- for Boys Team
  • Los Angeles Daily News Coach of the Year- 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 for girls team

During his 21 seasons as Agoura High School Girls head coach, Jason has complied an overall record of 287-103 and a league record of 180-8. Jason formerly headed the HS Girls Program at Los Angeles Water Polo Club. He has also been involved with the National Youth Program. From 1999-2004 he coached the youth zone team for our area. Born and raised in the area Jason is member of the local community living in Moorpark with his wife and two daughters ages 4 and 6.

Chris Rucker—12U & 14U Malibu
Chris Rucker has been a goal keeper in the sport of water polo since he was nine years old and has lived and breathed water polo ever since. He started playing for the Malibu youth water polo team, where he would often play up in the goal of his older brother’s team as well. While playing for Malibu High School, Chris was awarded MVP in his junior and senior years, and was Team Captain in his senior year. He has been to four Junior Olympics. Chris was invited to, and played in the Olympic Development Program Championship Tournament in 2016 where he received the Spirit Award given to one individual per team who displayed excellence in sportsmanship. He is currently playing his final season of club water polo for South Coast Aquatics where he competes on the 18U Boys teams.
Tim Settem—10U & 12U Boys
Tim Settem brings a litany of success to the South Coast water polo program. He has been involved with the sport of water polo for nearly 30 years. Settem is currently an assistant at Pepperdine for the men’s water polo team.

His collegiate coaching experience includes stops at Ventura College, UC Santa Barbara, where he was an assistant for two seasons (2008, 2009), Pepperdine, where he was twice a volunteer assistant with the men’s team (2011, 2000), and at Claremont Mudd Scripts Colleges, where he directed both the men’s and women’s water polo teams for six years (2001-2006).

While at CMS, Settem directed both programs to national prominence. Settem led the CMS women to top-3 national rankings in four of his six seasons, and top-10 rankings in the other two.

Settem also spent a season in Australia, coaching the Hunter Hurricanes Water Polo Club, a semi-professional club in Australia’s National Water Polo League, in 2011. In that season he led them to tying their record for most wins in a season.

He also continues active participation in the sport. Settem was a gold medalist at the US Water Polo Master’s Nationals in 2004 and a silver medalist at the 2012 US Water Polo Master’s Nationals.

A graduate of Buena High School, Settem received his associate’s degree from Ventura College in 1994 and his bachelor’s degree from Long Beach State in 1997. He earned a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University in 1999. He currently resides in Ventura.

Candyce Schroeder—16U & 18U Girls
Candyce Schroeder joined the South Coast staff in 2018 the same year she joined the CSUN Matador staff. A two-time All-American at Indiana University and champion at the international level in England, Schroeder brings a wealth of knowledge. She also served as coach of the 18U Tritons Water Polo Club in her hometown of San Clemente, California. Schroeder was a four-year letter winner at Indiana University (2013-16) where she tallied 173 career goals and 71 assists. A three-time All-Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) honoree, Schroeder nabbed ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention awards in 2015 and 2016. While at Indiana, Schroeder also earned three Academic All-Big Ten awards, three CWPA Scholar-Athlete nods and three ACWPC All-Academic accolades. During her stint in the UK, she also played for the Leeds Sharks of the British Water Polo National League. Schroeder led the Sharks in scoring for the 2017 season. Prior to her collegiate career, Schroeder prepped at San Clemente High School. She guided the Tritons to the 2011 CIF championship as she took home CIF Player of the Year honors. Schroeder also received league MVP, All-County Second Team and All-Southern California First Team accolades in 2011. At the club level, Schroeder competed for the SET Water Polo Club where she was a three-time Junior Olympic All-American from 2008-2010. Schroeder earned a degree in psychology with a minor in speech hearing sciences from Indiana University in 2016. She also earned a master's degree in science marketing at Durham University in 2017.

Mackenzie Thomas—12U & 14U Girls
Mackenzie Thomas graduated in 2016 from Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California; where she earned four letters in water polo and two letters in swim. As a team captain of her water polo team, her senior year, she helped her team make history in the Bay League. She is currently working on a major in business with a minor in finance at Cal Lutheran. She also plays for Cal Lutheran's water polo team. Mackenzie is also a water enthusiast and enjoys surfing, free diving, swimming, and sailing in her free time. 
Jennifer Vreeke—12U Boys & Moorpark Site Director
Vreeke's passion for the pool began as a diver at age 11. By 13, she discovered water polo and went on to play for Thousand Oaks High School, where she also qualified for CIF competition in diving each of her four seasons with the Lancers. Vreeke then attended Cuesta College, where she began her competitive swimming career. She won conference championships in 1meter diving, the 50 breast stroke, and was a member of the 400 medley relay A team. She also competed at the State Championships in waterpolo, swimming, and diving in each of her years at Cuesta.

Vreeke began her coaching career in high school as an assistant Dive coach for the club Dive Thousand Oaks, as well as coaching summer diving classes with Conejo Recreation and Park District. Once in college, she worked as an assistant women's waterpolo coach and the diving coach at Cuesta College. Vreeke then transferred to California Lutheran University, unable to finish out her waterpolo career due to a diving injury. In 2010 she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from CLU, then in 2013 received her Master’s Degree in Education with single subject teaching credentials in Art and Physical Education from Pepperdine University. With over 13 years swim instruction and youth coaching experience, she has served as swim lesson coordinator and aquatics director at the Conejo Valley YMCA. She now works as an assistant manager at the CRPD Community pool, and hopes to get a teaching job with CVUSD. Coach Vreeke is the Youth Novice swim team head coach as well as the 10U &12U boys waterpolo head coach.
Xavier Volgenau—16U Boys
Xavier Volgenau began swimming for the Pleasant Valley Swim Club in Camarillo at age 12. He went on to be a four-year varsity letter winner in swimming at Newbury Park High School, where he represented the Panthers as a three-tim CIF qualifier in the 100 breaststroke and 200 Individual Medley. Xavier also played high school water polo for Newbury Park, earning 1st team All-Marmonte League honors his senior year. He then played water polo for San Jose State University's club team, and graduated with a degree in forensic psychology. Xavier is pursuing a second degree in business marketing at Cal State Channel Islands with plans to continue on for an MBA. Xavier's aquatics career also includes nine years working for Conejo Recreation & Park District.
Mason Waller—12U Rio Mesa Site
Mason started playing water polo at the age of twelve for Titan Water Polo Club in Camarillo. He quickly developed a love for the sport and it became his passion. Mason played his first two years at Rio Mesa High School before moving and transferring to Camarillo for his last two years of high school. At Camarillo High School Mason was two time starter on the varsity squad and helped take the team to the third round of CIF. In 2016 Mason became a coach at Titan Water Polo Club. In 2019 Coach Waller led the 12U mixed team at the Junior Olympics in the championship division. Currently Mason is attending Ventura College and is studying to get an Associates degree in computer sciences and with plans to transfer to a 4-year University.
Mia Woods—12U & 14U Malibu
Mia has played water polo for three years at Malibu High School and was on varsity at MHS for her senior year. She has also been part of the high school swim team for two years, placing first at league finals in the 50 fly and 50 free. She was awarded Most Improved by the swim coaching staff in 2019. In addition, she has been teaching swimming to children ages 1-16 for the past year. Mia has discovered a passion for teaching, and helping children learn water skills. Water polo has been a life changing experience for her. Through it, she has learned to be a team player, and it has inspired her to pass her skills on as a swim instructor and a lifeguard. She is WSI certified as a Swim Instructor. In her spare time, she can always be found at Malibu High’s public pool, or the beach.  
Youth Swim Coaches:
Jennifer Vreeke—Head Coach
Vreeke's passion for the pool began as a diver at age 11. By 13, she discovered water polo and went on to play for Thousand Oaks High School, where she also qualified for CIF competition in diving each of her four seasons with the Lancers. Vreeke then attended Cuesta College, where she began her competitive swimming career. She won conference championships in 1meter diving, the 50 breast stroke, and was a member of the 400 medley relay A team. She also competed at the State Championships in waterpolo, swimming, and diving in each of her years at Cuesta.

Vreeke began her coaching career in high school as an assistant Dive coach for the club Dive Thousand Oaks, as well as coaching summer diving classes with Conejo Recreation and Park District. Once in college, she worked as an assistant women's waterpolo coach and the diving coach at Cuesta College. Vreeke then transferred to California Lutheran University, unable to finish out her waterpolo career due to a diving injury. In 2010 she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from CLU, then in 2013 received her Master’s Degree in Education with single subject teaching credentials in Art and Physical Education from Pepperdine University. With over 13 years swim instruction and youth coaching experience, she has served as swim lesson coordinator and aquatics director at the Conejo Valley YMCA. She now works as an assistant manager at the CRPD Community pool, and hopes to get a teaching job with CVUSD. Coach Vreeke is the Youth Novice swim team head coach as well as the 10U &12U boys waterpolo head coach.

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Cassie Holmes—Asst. Coach
Cassie was born in Thousand Oaks and started playing for South Coast when she was nine years old. She was a four year varsity swimmer and a three year varsity water polo player for Thousand Oaks High School. In her senior year she was named team captain for both the swim team and the water polo team and was awarded Best Offensive Player. In addition to the aquatics teams Cassie was also a member of the Thousand Oaks High School Surf Team and in 2012 finished second respectively in shortboarding and longboarding for the Southern California section. Follow high school Cassie earned an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Moorpark College and is now working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at California Lutheran University. Following school she plans on pursuing a career in Law Enforcement.

Andre LaSerna—Asst. Coach
Bio coming soon. 

Megan Seeman

Umberto Moreno—Asst. Coach
Umberto has always had a lifelong passion for aquatics, he first started swimming for his local YMCA swim team at the age of seven and discovered his true passion for swimming there. Eventually, he moved on to Royal Swim Team in Culver City where he grew more as a swimmer and qualified for several important club meets such Winter Age Group, June Age Group, and Summer Junior Olympics. In addition, he was a 4 year varsity swimmer at Notre Dame High School where he qualified for Mission League Finals all four years in addition to being a part of the CIF team two times in the 200 Freestyle/Medley relays. He also competed on the the varsity water polo team. He first started coaching & teaching at the same YMCA where he started swimming as a swim instructor and assistant swim coach. He is currently attending California Lutheran University where he is a member of the swim team and majoring in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Human Performance with the hopes of working for a professional team in the NFL or NBA.