The Oakville Tiger Water Polo team has a successful season! The Varsity finishing with a 14-11 record and Junior Varsity with a 10-8 record. We were excited to hire new alumni coach Brett Walters, who led the team and was recently named St. Louis Water Polo Blue Division Coach of the Year!
Congratulations to the 5 Tigers who were named All Conference.
- Ethan Hansen – SR – 1st Team
- Rafael Portela – JR – 1st Team
- Jack Tolerico – JR – 2nd Team
- Chris Givens – JR – 2nd Team
- Luke Schmidt – SO – 2nd Team
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2019 All-Conference SelectionsWP
Additionally, the Tigers increased their female numbers and were able to play in the first all girls tournament in the area!
I had an absolute blast being able to come back home to Oakville and get to coach an incredible group of kids. Thanks to this group of students, I fell completely back in love with the sport and want to do everything I can to learn as much as I can in the off season about coaching to hopefully make Oakville water polo even more successful! Overall, it was a great first year coaching at Oakville . We went 14 – 11 and had a winning record and were seeded as the best team out of our conference for the state tournament. Things I tried to do differently was mix in ball handling with conditioning and constantly work on fundamentals. I also had the athletes fill out commitment cards each week with a different partner and set a game goal, practice goal, conditioning goal, and personal goal. They held each other accountable for their goals and then we talked out how we did towards our goals at the end of each week to help promote getting better each day and communicating with one another. I am huge about self-esteem and character, which to me takes priority over wins and losses any day. So my hope was that throughout this season, they don’t just become better polo players but take away valuable life lessons that they can take with them throughout the rest of their lives post high school.