Coaches


 

Mark Canner - Club Director, Coach 14 Boys and 16 Girls

Mark CannerCoach Mark Canner was born in Greenwich, CT where he was a varsity athlete in water polo, swimming, and baseball. He was named to the All-East Coast team in water polo, won four state championships in swimming (99,00,01,02), and has the all-time ERA record for baseball at Greenwich High School.

Mark went on to graduate from Whittier College with a major in kinesiology and an emphasis in physical therapy. He also played two sports in college, water polo and baseball in which he was the captain of both teams. In 2004 the Whittier College men's team won their first league championship and Div. III National Championship. In 2007 he lead Div 3 in scoring with 61 goals.  Mark graduated Summa Cum Laude from his Masters program at Long Beach State college emphasis in Kinesiology Sports Management. He took that degree to open a gym called HB Academy in Huntington Beach California.

Mark went on to coach at Claremont McKenna College for six years as the Men's and Women's assistant coach. During that time the Men's and women's program were ranked #1 in the country winning two conference championships and 3 Division III National Championships. Mark moved on to then become the head coach of Golden West college for the 2014-2015 seasons. He has recently signed on to coach the Cypress College program.

As a club coach Mark began his career with Greenwich water polo club where he built a program that graduated over 40 college players along his three top 10 finishes. He then moved on to Foothill water polo club where he won the national championship in 2009 and a silver medal in that national championship game in 2011. After that he moved to Huntington Beach water polo club to become the overall Director and watch the program win 8 medals along with numerous top 20 finishes. 


 


Nolan Strout - Splashball Coach, and 12U Boys Coach 

 

Nolan Strout grew up in Huntington Beach. Nolan has been apart of HBWPC for 8 years, as a player and a coach. He attended Huntington Beach high school, and Mater Dei high school. While playing at Mater Dei, his team was the runner up for the CIF division 1 championship in 2014, and the champions in 2015. He was also named 3rd team all CIF his senior year. He then went on to play at Pepperdine University for one year, and now plays for Golden West College. 


Julie Luna - Head Coach Pirhana Group, and 10U Girls

Julie Luna is 20 years old. She has played water polo for 14 years. She currently attend Golden West College and is planning a transfer in the near future. She has been a part of the National Olympic Development Program for 7 years. She grew up in Long Beach and attended Wilson High School. She currently works at Watersafe swim school as well as coaching at HBWPC. She is majoring in psychology and law. 

 

 


Jacob Moore - Head Coach 10U Co-Ed and 18U Boys Coach

Coach Jacob was born and raised in La Habra, California. While growing up he played basketball, football, and baseball from the age of 4 all the way up until the age of 14. He attended La Habra High School and began playing water polo as an incoming freshman. He also played for several different club water polo teams while in high school. During his senior year he was selected to play on the North Orange County All Star water polo team. He was also a league champion in swimming for breaststroke. He attended Fullerton College and played water polo for 2 years with the Hornets. Jacob studied communications and business while at Fullerton College. After playing at Fullerton College he was recruited to play internationally in Europe but was injured during training and decided to take a break from playing to focus on coaching. He began coaching for La Habra High School, his alma mater, in 2016 as the varsity boys assistant coach and as the varsity girls assistant and junior varsity girls coach. Jacob's previous work experience also includes working as a swim instructor for 3 years, as well as being a lifeguard for 4 years. With his prior experience in swimming and swim instructing he added on the role of assistant swim coach at La Habra High School. Coach Jacob still currently plays water polo for masters teams and trains as much as he can to stay in shape. He is currently the 18U boys head coach, as well as the 10U coed head coach and he assists in coaching the girls teams for Huntington Beach Water Polo Club. Coach Jacob is also currently the girls varsity head coach and the boys assistant coach for Fountain Valley High School. Jacob wants to continue to share his love and knowledge for the sport of water polo by coaching and inspiring every player achieve their goals in sports and life. 


Tamara Towgood - 12U Girls Head Coach, 10U Girls Assistant Coach

Tamara is a Huntington Beach local, who attended Edison High School where she also played water polo and swam. After graduating from Edison she went on to play at Golden West College, where she helped her team win state her freshman year. After two years she transferred to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she finished out her collegiate water polo career.
 
Now that she is back home, she is currently the assistant Varsity water polo coach at Marina High School, as well as the coach of the Junior Varsity water polo team. 


 


Raney Remme - 14U/16U Girls Coach

Raney Remme has been a part of HBWPC for the past 6 years, both as a player and more recently a coach. She started playing water polo at La Habra High School, where she was a member of the varsity polo team for 3 years and varsity swim for 4. In her Junior year she received the MVP award, 1st team all league, 2nd team all area and was the spotlight player in the La Habra Journal. In her Senior season she was named the most valuable offensive player and made 1st team all league for the second year in a row. She was a part of the 18u girls 7th place finish at the Junior Olympics in 2015. She went on to play for two years at Golden West College and was on the swim team, qualifying for the state championships in all 7 of her events both years. Raney is currently attending Cal State Long Beach and is a starter on their NCAA D1 team. She started her coaching career at Biola University Club where she was head coach of the beginning and advanced teams. Since joining the coaching team at HBWPC she has worked with the 16u girls A and B teams, leading the B team to multiple top 3 finishes at tournaments. Her top finish with the 16u girls B team was at the 2016 Junior Olympics where they took 1st place in the Silver division. Raney became the head coach of the 12u girls program that allowed her to add another 1st place tournament medal to her collection during her first week with the A group. She is excited to work with the 14U Girls  and the 16U Girls this year. 


Jim Armstrong - 14U Boys Coach/18U Girls Coach

     Coach Armstrong began his coaching career at Brea Olinda  ( 1983-94 ) during this time the Wildcats won 8 Orange League Titles in water polo and 11 in swimming including the 1988 CIF Swimming Championship.
 

During Jim’s time at Brea Olinda he also coached for the powerful EAST Club going to 6 straight Final Fours in theNational Junior Olympics, 45 EAST players went on to play Division 1 College Water Polo including Olympian Dr. Omar Amir and current USA Olympic Assistant Coach Alex Rodriguez ( Current Pomona Pitzer Head Coach and USA Junior Team Head Coach ).
 
In 1994 Jim moved to Pomona College as Co Head Coach for the Pomona Pitzer ( 94- 2002 ), during this time the Sagehens long dormant program recorded their first winning season in 20 years and first SCIAC regular season Championship in 43 years, also the Hens ended a 20 year 85 game losing streak to fellow Claremont Colleges rival CMS.

Coach Armstrong returned to Pomona Pitzer ( 2006- 2011 ) as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Co Ordinator, the Sagehens were SCIAC Champions in 2010 ( Women ) and 2011 ( Men ) competing in the Womens 2010 NCAA Championships.
 
In 2012 Coach Armstrong became Head Coach at La Serna High School in Whittier, California. The Girls team went to the CIF Championship Game in each of the first two seasons winning the 2014 CIF Championship, the Boys went to 3 straight CIF Semi Finals. Jim was named San Gabriel Valley Coach of the Year 3 times and CIF coach of the year in 2014.

In 2015 Jim returned to College Coaching as womens coach at Cypress College and was also named Head Coach at Esperanza High School for the girls program, the Aztecs won the Crest View League Championship in that first season.

During the 2016 season longtime opponent and friend Mark Canner offered a position with Huntington Beach Water Polo Club, “ I have always had a great respect for Coach Canner and I am honored to be part of  Huntington Beach Water Polo”.
 
Jim is single and has three grown children and lives in Huntington Beach.

 



Vicky Barker

Coach Vicky was the HBWP Head Coach from 2006-2008. In 2007 she was selected by USA Water Polo to coach one of the four Speedo Top 40 teams and led Team Tornado to victory. She was also named SOPAC Volunteer Zone Coach of the Year. Since 2006 she has coached SOPAC Women's Youth/Cadet team at the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program National Zone Championship Tournament and Selection camp. She is a former varsity boys' water polo head coach at Magnolia High School. Her current USA Water Polo coaching level is Silver.

A former member of the U.S. Women's National Team, Coach Vicky started playing club water polo as a 10 & Under. She played high school water polo on the Hawthorne High School boys' varsity water polo team, played college club water polo Cal. State Fullerton and U.C. San Diego, and played club water polo for Anaheim Aquatics, FAST, and Seal Beach. During her playing career, Coach Vicky's team won the gold medal 4 times at the U.S. National Women's Championship and she was selected as a 4 time All-American.

Coach Vicky obtained her B.A. from UCSD and her J.D. from U.C. Davis. When she is not coaching, she serves as the Legal Director for the California Women's Law Center.


 


Alex Alvarez

Director-(714) 719-2984

 

 

 





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