Cal State Monterey Bay has only known one coach since the women’s varsity program sprung to life 12 years ago. Gary Figueroa announced on Friday that he will step away from the position according to The Californian.
“It is time for me to move on,” Figueroa said in a statement on Friday. “This time working at MB has been humbling, eye-opening, educational and, most importantly, rewarding. Thanks to all who have been a part of creating and supporting CSUMB women’s water polo. I will do all I can to see it grow and improve.”
The Otters struggled in 2016 finishing 6-25 overall and 0-3 in the conference leaving them at the bottom of the WWPA table.
In 2012 the team went 18-15 earning Figueroa national Coach of the Year honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
One of the most decorated players in US history Figueroa was a member of the 1984 silver medal-winning olympic team after twice earning national player of the year honors at UC Irvine. He was voted in to the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1992. He is also a member of UC Irvine’s and the Salinas Valley Sports halls of fame.
The university will begin its search for Figueroa’s replacement “immediately.”