Eyes on Michigan as Prep Season Ends, New Leadership in Ann Arbor

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Spring water polo is at its end and eyes are on Michigan as their high school girls will today crown a champion. Okemos and Zeeland entered the championship tournament as regional number one seeds and both won on Friday in their quarterfinal matches. The championship match takes place at 7:30 PM local time in Saline. No streaming of this year’s finals but plenty of Twitter coverage with the hashtag #MIWP. Follow the results also on TWp’s Bracket Tracker.

On the collegiate level, a new face in Ann Arbor as the Wolverines have found a replacement for the recently departed Matt Anderson. Marcelo Leonardi will make the move eastward from his former position at Cal State Northridge to take the top spot at the University of Michigan. Leonardi’s profile rose dramatically in recent years with his appointment as USA women’s national youth team coach and national technical director for the women’s Olympic Development Program. He led the Matadors to a .642 winning percentage in five years as the squad’s head coach.



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  1. Anonymous

    Good read. 2 points of interest

    1) Coach Figueras either a) knows how to coach or b) knows how to pretend how to coach

    2) Why further separation of California and Non-Cali? He is assigned to a room w/Hawaii coach. Assigned to a van with everyone not from California. Assigned to warm kids up during coaches meeting. Why not let at least let the kids interact randomly?

    I guess to summarize, every coach and athlete from outside of California knows what a Welcome to California means. Why perpetuate it further with this divisive set up. Talk about perpetuating a stereotype.


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