Water polo shut down across the nation in March 2020 and since then, there has been no water polo in Utah. The fall league kicks off water polo play again at the end of August in Utah, and in the United States for that matter. Listen to the first part of the podcast as Shawn reviews the changes and policies and procedures that will allow us to stay in the pool during COVID.
The second part of the podcast explores the ups and downs of water polo growth with three great Utah coaches and club directors. James Keddington with South Davis Water Polo, Jesse Kochel with Southern Utah Water Polo and Eric Richards with Cache Valley Water Polo, represent water polo from the northern border to the southern border of Utah. Shawn explores how they got their start, how COVID has affected their teams, some awesome tips to continue to grow club membership and of course, they add their selections to the Salty Splash Pod Playlist.
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It’s no secret that collegiate water polo has been historically dominated by Californians. In fact, only once has a team hailing from outside of California won a women’s national championship. Today’s guest was the MVP of that national championship team. Robbie Bova is the director and head coach of Albuquerque Water Polo. She is also the women's youth ODP coach in the mountain zone, and the director of the New Mexico High School Water Polo League.Join Shawn as he chats with Robbie about her pathway into the sport and into college polo, the importance of SplashBall as a foundation for team growth, vision for Mountain Zone teams, and the importance of focusing on every athlete.
What do Adam Huff and Rocky Balboa have in common? Listen to this episode of The Salty Splash to find out. In this episode Shawn has a fun conversation with Adam Huff, President of Utah High School Water Polo Association, Men’s Cadet ODP Coach, and Head coach of Murray Spartan Water Polo and Murray High School Swimming. He discusses his experience as one of eight siblings that played water polo, and how his early opportunities molded him and built his current coaching philosophies. In his own terms, Adam was shanghaied into board service, but this does not diminish his contributions to Utah water polo. Adam and the rest of The Utah High School Water Polo Association board are working to build consensus for a strategic plan to support high school and club water polo. Adam offers some incredible insights on how to build youth water polo and how to be successful with both athletes and parents.
1989 isn’t just a Taylor Swift album. It is also the year that Brad Peercy took a job coaching at Kearns and changed the course of Utah water polo history forever. Brad is the current USA Water Polo Mountain Zone ODP head coach. He works at Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center as the Aquatic Manager. On top of this, he is a Utah water polo icon, having been involved in the sport for 31 years. So many of the opportunities provided to Utah water polo athletes would have been impossible without Brad’s hard work and sacrifice. Join Shawn and Brad as they discuss the history of water polo in Utah, through the lens of Brad’s journey and contribution alongside other Utah Water Polo pioneers. They also discuss the future of water polo in Utah and the greater Mountain Zone and the strategies that will introduce more kids to the game and create quality, competition and development opportunities across the
Shawn Stringham looks forward to creating conversation honoring the history of water polo, but more importantly talking about the future of our sport. Shawn lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and is the men’s head coach and club director of Olympus Water Polo, Shawn serves on the Utah Water Polo and USA Water Polo Mountain Zone boards. Shawn will come at this podcast from the perspective of someone who has lived outside of California always looking for best practices to grow the sport at every level, splashball, age group, club, high school and beyond. This podcast will talk about sport growth, culture and the state of the sport of water polo. The goal of this podcast is to create growth that will introduce more kids to the game and create quality competition and development opportunities in our home of Utah, the mountain zone and ultimately across the country.
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