Coronado Aquatics Club ...

Coronado Aquatics Club water polo coaches from left, Jorge Perez, Asante Sefa-Boakye, and David Throop are holding socially-distanced conditioning practices for both youth and senior groups at the BBMAC.

Coach Jorge Perez, who is a familiar face to many area local water polo players, is serving as the new coach for the Coronado Aquatics Club age-group players, along with David Throop and Asante Sefa-Boakye, who coach the senior women’s group and senior men’s group.

Sefa-Boakye, Coronado High School class of 2010, who played the sport under legendary coach Randall Burgess during his high school years, and has played around the world at the international level, is acting as interim coach while Laci Gyori travels and trains in his home country of Hungary.

Throop also coaches the high school girls club and regular team during the season.

Perez, who played on club teams for many years in his home country of Mexico, earned a spot on both the 2004 Men’s Junior National Team and 2006 Senior National Teams before setting his sights on playing and coaching in the United States. In 2013, he moved to the San Diego area, playing for Grossmont College for two years. He then moved to Los Angeles as assistant coach at LA Valley College, moving up to head coach of the LA Premier Club. Perez is also currently the head water polo coach at Southwestern College.

While working out the challenges of coaching during COVID, all coaches have modified the practices, taking out any close contact, while instead working on conditioning, positioning and ball handling skills.

Perez notes that, as all of the practices are contactless, outside and in the water, it is one of the safer activities available for the younger kids. In order to remain compliant with current COVID guidelines, there is currently a waitlist, with new signups available in the coming weeks.

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