Session two of USA Water Polo’s Junior Olympics begins on Thursday and one of the most honored coaches in the US will be there directing a group of young women. Guy Baker is now at the helm of the girls’ program at successful Northern California club Lamorinda and carries with white board with their 12u team.
Baker is the former head coach for the United States women’s national water polo team with whom he won two silver and a bronze Olympic medals. He coached the UCLA men’s and women’s teams to seven national championships and was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2014. He also led the Canadian women’s senior national team for two years.
Lamorinda Water Polo has hired Guy Baker as a consultant and coach, with the goal of developing a national powerhouse youth water polo program. “With Lamorinda’s history of success, the vast water polo talent that resides in this region, and now the addition of the most successful coach in the history of USA Water Polo, we are confident that Lamorinda now has all of the ingredients to build the nation’s premier youth water polo program… – Club President Harry Crouch
Baker is pleased to be back in the Bay Area developing young athletes.
The Bay Area has always been a source of tremendous water polo talent. After many years of coaching Olympians and college student-athletes, I am very excited to turn my attention to developing youth water polo in this area. I believe that Lamorinda Water Polo will soon be among the top youth programs in the nation. – Guy Baker
The club’s 12u girls begin their Junior Olympics with Thursday matches versus Huntington Beach and Riverside.