TWp Whiteboard: Catching Up on Coaching, Recruiting, Growth News

  •‘s Mike Merrell, a former swimmer for the Oregon Ducks when it had a program, made a compelling case for the university to go all-in on a brand new aquatics program. The theoretically Phil Knight-financed effort would include varsity women’s and men’s water polo. Despite the enthusiasm the piece generated, efforts toward actually moving forward on such a proposal are barely embryonic.
  • The girls of Laguna Beach are undefeated and favored to win another CIF-Southern Section championship this winter. The Breakers added another accomplishment to their streak of 46 consecutive victories. The won their sixth consecutive tournament title in Irvine two weekends ago.
  • Some notable collegiate recruiting news from outside California. National signing day was February 7th. Dallas-based lefty Timothy Simenc is the most prized Texan since Houston’s Zayne Belal went to USC. Simenc signed with Cal. His St. Mark’s School teammate Nathan Ondracek will play at Harvard. Michigan player of the year Holden Tamblyn will represent the Great Lakes state for Division I UC Davis.
  • Notre Dame College announced Katey Brooks as co-head coach of women’s water polo along with recently hired head coach Derek Meyerson. The women’s team begins play on Friday at Bucknell.
  • Huntington Beach High School has hired Sasa Branisavljevic as its boys water polo coach. He replaces Brian Anderson who made news for departing the program mid-season last fall. Branisavljevic is the director of club powerhouse Vanguard.
  • Newport Harbor made the unusual announcement that it had not yet hired a new coach for its boys program. Six candidates have already been considered but the school will wait to see if any teaching positions open up before finalizing a decision.
  • Las Positas College in the East Bay area of San Francisco will be ramping up intercollegiate water polo in the fall of 2015 according to their Facebook page. Sacramento City College is looking for a women’s water polo coach.