Mental Nuggets Aug 21 2022


Mental Nuggets • Aug 9th 2022

Coach Jesse would like all Lava Bear WP athletes to watch this video from the coach @ Peppperdine. It discusses water polo fundamentals & basic movements that your coaches will be using in pool drills during daily doubles. Please check back a couple times a week for more info from your coaches.

Griffin Pool • Lava Bears Boys

Water Polo Coach

Griffin Pool has been involved in the sport of water polo for 18 years and on the Bend Senior High School water polo coaching staff since 2019. He played High School Waterpolo in Utah, attended school at Ventura College in Southern California under the CCCAA division, started the CWPA program at Colorado Mesa University, and was the Vice President of the CWPA program at the University of Central Florida. His academic, water polo, and swimming career has awarded him with Scholar Athlete, Dean's List, and Academic All-American distinctions. This will be his second season as the Head Coach of the Bend Senior High School Boys team.


Jesse Hatch • Lava Bears Girls

Water Polo Coach

Jesse Hatch has been playing Water Polo and coaching for over 20 years. Originally a football player, he decided to switch to Water Polo his Jr. year at Helix High School in San Diego, CA. Jesse later went on to play water polo at UC Irvine in Orange County, CA. Following college, he signed contracts to play water polo in Athens, Greece and Chiavari, Italy. After a brief stint as an Ocean Lifeguard in Newport Beach Jesse picked up coaching club water polo with Back Bay WPC, focusing on 12 & under boys and 14 & under girl’s teams. During this time, he also coached at the High School level with University HS Girls Water Polo as well as Sage Hill HS Swimming in Irvine, CA.

Since moving to Oregon in 2020 Jesse has coached with Bend Waves intermittently and Bend Sr. HS Girls Water Polo. This will be Jesse’s second official season as Head Coach for Bend Sr. High School.

Sammie Garcia • Lava Bears Asst.

Water Polo Coach

My name is Sammie Garcia and I’m a graduate from the University of Oregon!

I’m from Costa Mesa, CA and started playing when I was 9. I went to Newport Harbor High School and played under the late Bill Barnett with two years of varsity. My senior year I was a starter and made first time all Sunset League Div. 1. I played club at the University of Oregon. There I made first team for the Northwest Division and was captain my senior year.