Jeff Powers, a mainstay on the US Men’s National Team and UC Irvine grad, has a new job as aquatics director at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, CA, as reported by Dan Albano of OCVarsity.com.
The school made the announcement on its website yesterday.
Powers takes over a water polo program that has improved but still struggled to gain traction against fierce local competition, including Los Alamitos and Long Beach Wilson. The Braves are also members of the Trinity League, putting them up against strong Catholic rivals Santa Margarita, Servite, and superpower Mater Dei. (Powers and Monarchs coach Chris Segesmann were teammates on the 2004 Olympic squad).
Bosco was also once home to Ricardo Azevedo, former USA Men’s National Team head coach, who coached the Braves in the 80s before taking over at Long Beach Wilson.
The San Luis Obispo native Powers is known as one of the most versatile players on the national team, able to work well close to the goal, and with a blistering shot from the perimeter. His signature moment may have been an eight-meter missile to demoralize Serbia with three minutes remaining in the 2008 Olympic semifinals. That goal put the US up 10-5 and the victory placed them in the gold medal match.
Said Powers about his appointment, “I look forward to joining the tremendously successful coaching staff at St. John Bosco and further developing both the water polo and swimming programs into major players in the Trinity League.”