Rival Clovis Prep Water Polo Coaches Departing

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Prep water polo teams from Clovis are common atop the CIF-Central Section rankings each fall, thanks largely to the efforts of two legendary coaches who are hanging up their whiteboards.

Steve Mosher and Terry Giffen, the two most successful water polo coaches in Central Section history, probably should be mortal enemies.

…[F]or the past 33 years, they have been coaching adversaries, including the past 20 for rival high schools: Mosher at Clovis West and Giffen at Clovis.

But there is no animosity between men who have matched coaching wits in 97 games over the years, possibly for the final time Wednesday when Giffen’s Cougars won their regular-season finale 10-5 over Mosher’s Golden Eagles.

Mosher and Giffen are both retiring after their respective teams’ postseason runs this season. Seedings for the section’s three boys and girls divisions will be announced Friday, with the playoffs beginning Nov. 12.

The two have cornered the market on section titles having gathered 23 since the two friendly rivals began.

Source: Friendly rivals, influential prep water polo coaches ending careers