Director of Coaches
Son of Karl Bell, long time water polo coach and namesake for the new aquatic center at Santa Maria High School, Coach Charles "Charlie" Bell has been playing water polo since 1970. Coach Bell has been involved in the coaching of water polo for nearly 20 years, first as a youth player coach and later as the Saint Joseph's High School head water polo coach. After establishing both boys and girls teams at St. Joe's, Coach Bell remains as the high school head coach for the girl's water polo and swimming teams.
In 2007, Coach Bell and Coach Rob Knight (head coach at Righetti High School) started the One Way Water Polo Club, focusing mainly on establishing youth water polo in the Santa Maria area. Both coaches agree: The introduction to water polo at a younger age, increases interest in water polo at both the high school and collegiate levels. Today, Coach Bell is the Director of Coaches for the club, which has grown to have several youth and masters competitive teams.
In 2014, Coach Bell was selected from thousands of coaches throughout the United States to receive a Double-Goal Coach® from Positive Coaching Alliance. The distinguishing characteristics of this award are those selected to receive it must be recognized as both leading athletes to success in sports as well as teaching life lessons through sports. In the citation for the award, the following was observed:
Charles Bell, who coaches water polo at St. Joseph High School & One Way Water Polo Club, has won Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted Double-Goal Coach Award presented by MaxPreps for his positive impact on youth athletes.
The award – named for coaches who strive to win while pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports – carries a $250 prize, a trophy and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance.
“Charles helps youth athletes win in and out of the pool,” said Jim Thompson, founder and CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and author of nine books on youth sports, including The Power of Double-Goal Coaching and the recently released Developing Better Athletes, Better People. “By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience, and serving as a Double-Goal Coach, Charles helps youth develop into better athletes and better people.”
Bell uses water polo to convey key life lessons, for example, “the amount of work you put into something is what you’re going to be able to get out of it,” he said. “It’s like a bank account. If you’re not putting the time in, making those deposits daily, then later on you’re not going to be able to make withdrawals.”
A water polo lifer and coach’s son, Bell continues to play at the masters level. His passion for the sport fuels his youth coaching. “Winning matches is not my ultimate goal,” he said. “My priority is to help these kids have a sport they can stay in for the rest of their lives.”
Miles Timothy Whitfield
Miles Whitfield began coaching for One Way Water Polo Club in 2015. His lengthy aquatic career includes year-round swimming for thirteen years, playing water polo and swimming for Redwood High School in Visalia, and swimming four years in college. Miles was inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 2002 Big West Championship team, and was a Captain for the 2003 Big West Championship swim team. He continues to enjoy playing Masters water polo with One Way Water Polo Club.
After graduating from University of the Pacific with his MBA in 2003, Miles settled on the Central Coast as an Orthopaedic Consultant with his wife and two children, Zachary and Natalie, who also play for One Way. Miles enjoys watching kids build a love for water polo as they become confident athletes in the water. He appreciates the discipline and character that the sport of water polo creates for young people.
Lydia Ann Lombard
Lydia joins the One Way coaching staff as our 12U Head Coach. Lydia
first started playing water polo at the age of 10 as a member of
the Santa Maria Polo Bears, which eventually evolved into the
current One Way Water Polo Club you see today.
Lydia earned her varsity water polo letter
as a freshman at Righetti High School where she went on to set
numerous records including season goals, season steals and fouls
drawn. She was named All-League Second Team her sophomore year and
All-League First Team during both her junior and senior years.
During her senior year she was also named Team Captain and Team
After Righetti, Lydia continued her water
polo career at Cuesta College and Sonoma State University.
While at Cuesta Lydia was a two-year starter, scored 63 goals, led
her team in assists and was named to the All Conference team twice.
Lydia then went on to accept an athletic scholarship to Sonoma
State University where she contributed as a utility player during
their 2009 season.
Lydia served as Aquatics Director for
SWELL Athletic Clubs and as an Age Group Coach for their Santa
Barbara Swim Club satellite program from 2011-2014. Lydia
is excited to return to coaching and share her love of the
Coach Chris Yee graduated from Righetti High School and is currently the JV Boys coach as well as the assistant Varsity girls coach. Chris has been active with One Way since its inception as a master's player and as a specialist coach working with player specific positions. We are extremely lucky to have Chris as part of our team!
Coach Dominique Delgado Miller has been involved with water polo for the past 18 years as a player and a coach. She began playing water polo as a freshman at Cabrillo High School and quickly fell in love with the sport. Playing for Cabrillo and Santa Barbara Water Polo Foundation before becoming a scholarship athlete for San Diego State. During her time at SDSU she earned team awards and graduated top ten in steals and assists for the school. Most recently she was the Assistant Women’s Water Polo coach for the inaugural 2015 season at Alan Hancock College.
Coach Dominique's athletic profile from San Diego State may be viewed here.