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Led by Guy Baker

3x Olympic Medalist
2x World Champion
7x NCAA/Collegiate Champion
Executive Director Lamorinda Water Polo Club
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Guy Baker, Executive Director Lamorinda Water Polo

UCLA

Baker coached both the men and women's water polo teams to national championships. The men's team won the NCAAchampionship in 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000, while the women's team won the national collegiate championship in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Both of his teams won a national title in the same school year twice (1995–96 and 1996–97), a first for a coach. In his first year at UCLA, he was named American Water Polo Coaches Association Coach of the Year for leading the men's water polo team to a second-place finish in the NCAA tournament. Baker was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fameon October 11, 2014.

OLYMPICS

At the 2008 China Summer Olympic games, his American team lost 8-9 in the championship game to the Netherlands, and the team took home the silver medal. "Head Coach Guy Baker has presided over one of the most dominating runs for women’s water polo the last eight years plus and with 10 first time Olympians on the roster the future looks very bright for this group," according to USA Water Polo.

Joe Born, Girl’s Technical Director Lamorinda Water Polo

Coaching Career

  • Las Lomas Varsity Team (4 years)
  • Miramonte High School JV Team (2 years)
  • Olympic Development Program (2 years)
  • Lamorinda Water Polo (3 years)
  • 680 Water Polo (1 year)
  • Oakland Masters Water Polo (1 year)

Playing Career

  • Premier League - 2nd place National Championships
  • US Berkeley 200-2003, 2nd place at NCAA Championships in 2002
  • Miramonte High School NCS Chamionships 1996-1999

Education

  • UC Berkeley (2005)
  • Miramonte High School (2000)

If Joe could describe himself in one word that word would be blessed. He is grateful to have come up in lamorinda and is proud to be both son to Christine and Tom Born and brother to David Born. Joe attended Miramonte and UC Berkeley where he played water polo and studied cognitive psychology and economics.

As a water polo player Joe was fortunate to play for many great coaches including Bill Brown, Kirk Everist, Peter Asch and the legendary Pete Cutino. Joe played on the inaugural 18u Lamorinda Water Polo team that went on to win the east bay’s first Junior Olympic championship. However, Joe ended up missing the JO’s in order to undergo surgery on a broken left hand that had gone untreated for over a year. While playing with the injury, Joe had won an NCS championship, earned 1st team all-American honors, and been recruited by some of the top college programs in the country. Joe plans to go back and get his JO medal as a coach at Lamorinda.

Joe’s career as a player took him to many exciting places and experiences, but he cherishes most the lessons he learned in persistence and resilience. Those qualities emboldened an exciting and diverse professional life driven by passion and curiosity. One that has taken him from running small farming operations in the central valley to acting on movie sets in LA. His proudest accomplishment professionally has been his 5-year tenure as a Para Educator in the special education department at Wagner Ranch Elementary School. In those 5 years he successfully facilitated transitions from the ILC to mainstream classrooms, increased and enhanced social interaction for many of his students, and cultivated a love of learning in those for whom learning is most difficult.

As a coach, Joe has worked with an array of players from age 5 to 67. He has worked with skill levels ranging from beginners to former national team players. He has been a part of many organizations, deliberately exposing himself to and learning from a wide variety of successful coaches, players and programs. These organizations include the Olympic Development Program (PacZone 16u 2012-2014), 680 (16u assistant 4th place at JO’s), and Miramonte. In addition to his new role at Lamorinda, Joe will continue coaching at Las Lomas High School (3 straight NCS semi-final appearances) and the Oakland Masters (USAWP 2015 Masters Club of the Year). He also currently represents up and coming local artist Molly Kars and is helping his family build a new business: Born Investment Management.

Chris Rose, Lamorinda Water Polo Coach
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Chris Rose joined the SeaWolves coaching staff during the 2009 summer polo season. In spring of 2016, Chris started training the 14U Boys for Junior Olympics (JOs). Through this experience, the 14U Boys achieved a national ranking at JOs. Chris later took these same 14U Boys to compete in Winterfest in February 2017 where they took first place in the next higher level bracket than where they were originally seeded. Chris has been on the water polo scene for many years in Brentwood and is a key figure in the advancement of the polo program at Liberty High School where he started the program back in 1997. He has worked with both the men and women's programs. Chris was the Head Coach of the Liberty women's polo team from 2006-2015, with great success, and continues to coach at Liberty for the junior varsity girls. His playing experience goes back to Cupertino High School and then on to college at San Jose State University. Read more about Chris here.

Daunte Lopez, Lamorinda Water Polo Coach
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Daunte Lopez joined the SeaWolves coaching staff during the winter of 2015. Prior to formally joining the SeaWolves coaching staff, he worked as a volunteer coach supporting Chris Rose with the 14U Boys 2016 at Junior Olympics and 14U Boys 2017 Winterfest team where they took first place in the next higher level bracket than where they were originally seeded. Throughout high school and college, Daunte played water polo and swam. Daunte’s training philosophy is centered upon progressive athletic and cognitive build-up, planned rest days and structured workouts to achieve maximum performance goals. Daunte enjoys road cycling and competing in triathlons.

Jack Doria, Lamorinda Water Polo Coach
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Jack Doria started coaching with the SeaWolves in the summer of 2012. He has been a key member of the Liberty High School (LHS) girl's water polo coaching staff, taking the lead of the varsity girl's program in 2016. Prior to the 2016 season, Jack was in charge of the LHS junior varsity girl's program starting in 2011. Jack has trained in the Olympic Development (ODP) coaching program and brings that expertise to the team. In spring of 2016, Jack had his mind set on sending a couple of teams to Junior Olympics (JOs). Under his leadership, the 14U Girls trained during the spring and summer and made the qualifying round to play at JO's where the 14U Girls received a national ranking. Jack's passion is in improving the fundamentals and increasing the skill level and confidence in players.

Jeff Lapum, Lamorinda Water Polo Coach
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Jeff Lapum joined the SeaWolves coaching staff during the 2015 winter polo season. In summer of 2016, Jeff was the assistant coach to Jack Doria who took the 14U Girls to Junior Olympics. Jeff has been the Head Coach for the Heritage High School (HHS) girl's varsity water polo team since 2014, where the Lady Patriots have qualified for the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs every year since. In 2016, the HHS girl's varsity water polo team won their first Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) championship with 8 wins / 0 losses in league and 19 wins / 5 losses overall. In 2016, the BVAL Managers awarded Jeff with Coach of the Year. Jeff has also been a freshman and JV basketball coach at Heritage since 2008. Jeff’s passion lies with team sports and building the strength and conditioning of young athletes, both in and out of the water. Jeff always looks forward to improving the skill level, teamwork and character of our athletes. Read more about Jeff and his dedication to water polo and the HHS program here.

Rali Ivanova, Lamorinda Water Polo Coach

Rali Ivanova has been part of the SeaWolves coaching staff for several seasons. Rali graduated from Heritage High School (HHS) where she played water polo for four years. She also joined the HHS junior varsity girl's water polo program as their head coach in 2015. Rali was a three-year starter on the HHS girl's water polo team including captain of the 2013 team and Honorable Mention All-Team. She also trained with former Olympian, Wolf Wigo. In addition, Rali has attended three Stanford water polo offensive and defensive camps. She recently played on the Diablo Valley College (DVC) Water Polo team as whole set, won big 8 league champs, Northern California Section championship and 3rd place in state championship.

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