Competitive Water Polo Coming to Crafton Hills College this Fall

By on June 25, 2019

Men’s and women’s competitive water polo is coming to Crafton Hills College (CHC) this fall for this first time according to Danielle Montenegro, CHC’s water polo coach. Students have been recruited from Beaumont, Yucaipa, Redlands, Redlands East Valley, Citrus Valley, Cajon, and Pacific high schools.

Montenegro has indicated that recruitment went really well saying, “We are looking at a pretty great first year. There is a lot of interest in water polo in this area.”

As CHC’s new water polo coach, Montenegro most recently worked for three years as an assistant water polo coach at Mt. San Antonio College (MSAC) in Walnut, CA. She is well versed in the sport having played the game in high school in Los Angeles and won two CIF championships. She went on to play four years at Occidental College, where she was a four-time All-American.  Prior to her position with MSAC, Montenegro coached high school and club water polo.

CHC’s new water polo teams are part of the Pacific Coast Conference, which includes Southwest College (Los Angeles), Grossmont College (El Cajon), Miramar College (San Diego), and San Diego Mesa College among other schools. CHC’s first conference game will be played on Wednesday, Sept. 25 against Miramar College in CHC’s pool.

Initially Montenegro will be coaching both the men’s and women’s water polo teams. However, CHC has indicated that it intends to hire assistant coaches and, hopefully, a second head coach to work with the men’s team. Montenegro has indicated that, “There is still room for a few walk-ons on both the men’s and women’s teams. If you are interested, contact me at dmontenegro@sbccd.cc.ca.us.”

CHC faculty and students are pleased to add competitive water polo to the school’s sports line-up.  “Until now,” says Montenegro, “local high school students who wanted to play community college water polo had to go to RCC (Riverside City College) or Chaffey (Community College). This is a great addition to the Redlands-Yucaipa area. Many of the local kids have grown up swimming in this pool. It’s a natural place for them to be.”