Assistant men’s water polo coach treads new waters

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Jonathan Miller, new head coach for women’s water polo, has been at CBU for 10 years since he first came as a student. He previously worked as assistant coach for men’s water polo and is shown here supervising drills during practice.   

 

 

By Alex Korhely-Day

Managing editor

 

California Baptist University announced Jonathan Miller as the new head coach for the Lancer’s women’s water polo team Sept. 24.

Former women’s water polo coach Jacob Medina put in his resignation from his position date, leaving CBU to find a replacement with the same caliber of experience and who can deliver as Medina had done for the team.

As former assistant coach to the men’s water polo team, Miller said he is excited and hopeful for this opportunity with the women’s team.

“It is a great group of women and they have a lot of talent, experience and a lot of new faces on the team,” Miller said. “It is a very exciting time for the team. They are starting a new conference, the Golden West Conference, so it is going to be a great year.”

As a previous graduate assistant to the program, former head coach for another university’s women’s water polo team and assistant to men’s Coach Rick Rowland, Miller brings experience and talent to the team in hopes of leading them to a national title this coming season.

“Our goal every year is to win our conference,” Miller said. “It is definitely tough because out of the seven teams in the conference, four are all Division I teams. It is a challenge but our goal is to make it into the top 20 national ranking.”

While Miller said he has high hopes and expectations for the upcoming season, the women do as well.

Christina Young, graduate student of the kinesology program and water polo player, explained that she is excited for Miller to lead the team into the upcoming season.

“Change is always an opportunity for new growth and learning,” Young said. “Coach Miller will bring a new perspective and unique strengths to our team, and I am excited to see how we grow under his leadership.”

Young said the team has had a positive response to the news of Miller as head coach. Since Mill

er has worked closely with them from the men’s team, they already know what to expect which will allow for a smooth transition.

“Now that we have a coach again we are all looking forward to seeing how great we can be this season and to realizing our full potential,” Young said. “We believe Coach Miller can lead us through an amazing season.”

Miller and the women’s water polo team begin their first season together this coming spring.

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