One of the premier girls high school water polo jobs in the US is abruptly open, according to Matt Szabo of the Daily Pilot. Sam Bailey has resigned to take a coaching and teaching position at Beckman High School in Irvine.
BREAKING NEWS: @cdmaquatics Coach Sam Bailey has resigned to take a teaching and coaching job at Beckman High, according to source… (cont)
— Matt Szabo (@mjszabo) March 28, 2013
Bailey, who took over the head position with the Sea Queens in 2010, led his team to a thrilling CIF Championship on February 23, defeating Back Bay rival Newport Harbor 6-5. The title was Bailey’s first after having taken over the position from Aaron Chaney, who won five section titles in his nine-year tenure.
The Beckman position appears to fill a need for Bailey, who has indicated an interest in a full time teaching position before. According to a June 2010 story in the Daily Pilot, Bailey was finishing a teaching credential and a masters degree at National University at the time of his hiring and said he hoped “to eventually teach at CdM.”
OCVarsity.com reported the resignation of former Beckman coach Peter Muller on March 22, highlighting the major attractions of the position:
The school has a teaching position for the coach, who will guided [sic] the boys and girls water polo program… The Tustin Unified school also attracts club water polo players with powerhouse SOCAL nearby.
The Corona del Mar job, one of the most prestigious in the US, should attract the attention of talented coaches throughout California. The Sea Queens will return several key players from its championship squad in 2014.
Beckman water polo (@BeckmanWP) recently established a Twitter presence and began tweeting just two hours ago, coincident with the news broken by Szabo.