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Bahram Hojreh – President & Executive Director

cell/text 949-533-5216, e-mail bhojreh@aol.com

Works with all programs and age groups,

Over twenty five years coaching experience while in the sport of water polo for over thirty five years. A successful track record for promoting student-athletes and their quest for learning and performance, implementing the system desired from the higher authority, teaching fundamentals, and developing and evaluating talent at the club, all-star, youth, junior, senior, scholastic (high school/college), national & international levels, my true passion lies at the development based level from youth to adult. My international experience includes as a player a few times, a club coach on travel trips with my teams and personal ventures in quest for more water polo knowledge, growth, new developmental opportunities…A pioneer in our sport by developing the first: a) ¬†kids water polo as early as 3 years old, ¬†b)founded the All-Star Water Polo League (adult masters), ¬†c) year-round club water polo(added winter season), d) biggest ever mega multi-tier club directed water polo tournament in t he world (WinterFest), e) National U.S. Club Championships, f.) water polo club coaches association & conference, g.) all girls youth club team in america (pre-high school)

I have participated in water polo as a player or coach in 5 continents…in 2012 I was an invited VIP guest at the London Olympic Games (where I had the privilege to watch some of players I helped develop when ¬†they were younger) …August of 2013 I traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to train their national team for a month (a program I helped put together 5 years earlier), I can’t wait to see what I will do next …I enjoy traveling to different parts of the world to help develop the sport in less represented areas and advocate for more opportunities to those groups of people that are less fortunate.

Coaching Notebook (for a full CV/bio/resume please contact Bahram Hojreh)

Club Water Polo

  • 10+ National Championships, 115 + All-Americans developed, 40 + National Team Players developed ( Youth, Junior, Senior & Olympians), 21 years of National Junior Olympics Qualifying Teams, 19 years of qualifying for Masters Nationals, 20&U Nationals, National Age Group Championships, National Club Championships & U.S. Club Championships, 11 years of competing & fielding teams in the Premier League/Champions League/National League, Cal Cup League State Finalists & Champs, ¬†40+ Top 3 Finishes with medals earned in National Championships, 175 + Final Four Finishes in basic leagues & tournaments

National/Olympic Development Program Water Polo

  • 5 Times Selected as Orange County Boys 18&U Youth Team Coach, 4 Times Southern Pacific Zone Champions with Team Orange County, 4 Times Selected as assistant coach Southern Pacific Zone Boys Youth Team, 3 Times California State Games Champions, 3 Times National Zone Champions-Assistant Coach, 1 Time Selected as Head Coach of Southern Pacific Zone Youth(16&U) Boys of USAWP-ODP, 1 Time¬† National Zone Champion(16&U Boys)- Head Coach/ODP

International Water Polo Experiences & Development

  • Selected as Assistant Coach of Afghanistan National Men‚Äôs Team (also promote female opps.& future pool designs), Personal small trip ventures and sometimes assisting at local clubs:¬† to Italy, Iran, Canada, Hungary, Spain, Croatia, Serbia-Montenegro, Germany, Afghanistan, Coached American club teams that have traveled to: Croatia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Hungary, Greece, Italy

Collegiate Water Polo

  • 3 Regular Season Tournament Champions-Head Coach, 1 Post Season Conference Championship Finalist- Head Coach, 24 Wins- best in school history for single season record -Head Coach, 6 Different Players placed top 5 in state statistical leaders-Head Coach, 1 Time Regular Season League Champions/Best Record- Assistant Coach, 1 Time Post-Season Conference Tournament Top 3 ‚Äď Asst. Coach, 1 Time Post-Season Conference Top 4 Finish- Assistant Coach, 2 Times Regular & Post Season#1 NCAA Division 3 Ranking in National Polls-Assist. Coach, 4 Different Players rank top 5 in conference stats & make all-conference team- Asst. Coach, 2 Different players earn NCAA Div. 3 All-America Honors- Asst. Coach

High School Water Polo

  • 6 CIF-SS Finals- ( California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section), 1 CIF-SS Championship-, 19 Seasons CIF-SS Playoff Appearances (Boys & Girls ), 24 League Championships ( Boys & Girls All Levels-N,F/S, J/V, Varsity)

High School Swimming

  • 6 Times League Champions (Varsity, JV, FS ), Multiple Individual & Relay Qualification in C.I.F.- Finals & Preliminaries ‚Äď ¬†12 Seasons as Boys/Girls Coach at High School Level=(FS, JV, V), 1 Time CIF-SS Div. 1 Championship

Club Swimming

  • Qualified many swimmers for Junior Olympics¬† & Junior Nationals each year, Helped recruit so many new swimmers by making it simple and fun

Currently I am a sports agent adviser working freelance for some major firms including my personal practice. I represent athletes for post college water polo & other minor sport athletes to find professional opportunities…also, I help many colleges on scouting and recruiting of high school aged water polo players. My past non-aquatic work experiences include: hospital doctor’s assistant, E.R. tech/EMT, physical therapy clinic aide , ocean lifeguard, substitute teacher, college assistant lab instructor, commercial real estate & land development, managing partner at computer product company, minor shareholder in multiple professional sports teams

I have played club water polo since I was 5 years old, was a club swimmer growing up, played many other sports like basketball, baseball, soccer, skiing, snowboarding, surfing and other fun stuff…was an All-American athlete at University High School in Irvine,¬†played Div. 1 college water polo for legendary coach Ted Newland at UC Irvine where our team was nationally ranked top 4 every year… also¬†where I ¬†earned my bachelors degree, swam for UCI’s swim team, was a 2 time scholar athlete at UCI, Dean’s List…as a collegiate athlete I competed with and against many Olympians and national team players…years later i finished my masters degree in Kinesiology from Long Beach State University…recently I completed a post-graduate fellowship program with Columbia University’s Sport’s Management department…currently I am studying towards a PhD in Sports….I have been on many water polo committees and organizing bodies for the growth and development of our sport in different capacities……I still enjoy playing polo¬†with our adult masters program…..I have been very fortunate to have been influenced and touched by so many great people involved with water polo over the years.

 

Eduardo Osorio-   

works with all age groups,

Eduardo¬† earned¬†his Bachelor‚Äôs degree in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton ¬†Eduardo is a full time season lifeguard in Long Beach. He has been involved with water polo for over 30 years… started playing water polo at the age of 13, and¬† a former Venezuelan water polo national team member… he came to the U.S. and played college ball at Long Beach City College for the late Hank Velekamp.¬†Eduardo has lots¬†of experience¬†coaching at the high school, club and college level. He is still a great player in¬†the water as a member of the Inter WPC masters men’s team. Eduardo lives with his wife Jennifer and two kids Ethan and Jenine who also play water polo.

Eric Pierce-

works with all age groups

Played water polo and swam at Arroyo Grande High School where he was all league in both sports multiple times, team MVP ,and Scoring leader…Played 2 years at Long Beach State…currently plays on Inter WPC masters team
Officiated water polo and Swim from 1994 to present….has also coached high school water polo locally…as the head aquatics coach at Kennedy High School in the city of La Palma, he lead the boys team to the league championship in 2014 and CIF playoffs and the girls won league in 2017 and advanced to the CIF playoffs. Eric resides with his wife Katie and is aspiring to become a high school PE teacher.

Nicolas Banales-

played and currently coaches at Kennedy H.S., works with all age groups, especially the younger ones, also plays on our masters team, still in college working on his bachelors degree, also works in Engineering

Andrew Mutafyan-

after his undergrad studies at Boston University (where he was captain of the collegiate club team), Andrew came back to help coach at the club where he learned how to play as a youth. Andrew grew up in Los Alamitos and played varsity water polo for Dave Carlson at Los Alamitos H.S. and was a part of many winning teams.

 

 

Ethan Hung-

currently attending at a local junior college, Ethan started coaching at Inter WPC after high school graduating, Ethan learned how to play water polo with our club at the age of 6 or  years years old, he was a member of so many successful club age group teams with us including 10&Us,12&Us,14&Us,16&Us, 18&Us and now adult masters teams. Ethan used his skills that he learned with us to be the best player in the history of Rancho Alamitos H.S. and  gained top league and CIF honors every year.

Randy Toma-

Works with all age groups, especially 14&U boys, a member of our men’s masters team. Played at La Quinta High School where he was All League his last 2 years. Played at Golden West College.¬† Coached at Bolsa Grande High School and La Quinta High School in the late 1980′s. Got back into the sport to help his Daughter and Son learn the game he loves.

Wedge Molthen-

learned how to play water polo in our splashball and 10&U program, went on to be the top player at St. John Bosco H.S. and earned a scholarshipt to play NCAA ball at Whittier College. Currently is a member of our adult masters team.

Ali Landeros-

works with all age groups, currently he is a part time emergency coach, just  finished up his teaching credentials from Long Beach State Univ. and is teaching high school students in Torrance

Ali is a graduate of Garden Grove High School where he was a standout water polo player and swimmer, he then swam at Golden West College and played water polo while earning his bachelors degree at California State University- Chico … He is also a valued member of our adult masters team.

Kobe Jackson-

bio,pic, and contact info coming soon

Michael Baker-

bio,pic, and contact info coming soon

Past/Former staff members taking a break form our club to pursue other interests, who may come back at a later time

Justin Koeppen-

part-time/emergency coach in our club right now…as he is currently the head boys coach at Pacific High School…occasionally he will help out splashball kids when he brings his little boy Luke over for some water fun

Justin was one of our former club managers,¬†recently he was¬†the Long Beach State University Water Polo men’s and women’s assistant coach, he is married to his lovely wife Lauren and together they have a new born baby boy named Luke … who will be a stud polo player one day

 

Steve Billings-

part/time & emergency coach now, previous helped manage our club and was very successful…he is currently working full time at a high level marketing firm, and is married to his lovely wife Emily and has a beautiful son.

John Ivins-

(John recently moved to  Texas with his family, however he will guest coach with us when he visits)

worked with all age groups, ….he mentors many individual high school athletes who need guidance

John played for Ted Newland at UC Irvine in the 1970s…coach Bahram considers him a brother from another generation.¬† John also played for Ken Hamdorf at Lakewood High School many moons ago. The kids love him, he is a guru to the program. His lovely wife Maureen is a big advocate of what we teach the kids…they have two grandkids in our club, Blake and Alyssa… John is a fighter of obstacles…especially since he beat up his Leaukemia diagnosis that hospitalized him for the most part of 2012…I am happy that John has recently started getting back in the water to exercise, teach the kids from within, and started to play masters polo with our group….he is also¬†officiating again (I can’t buy my calls from him)

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