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Coaching Staff

Coaches

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Stephan Dean

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Nick Smith

Nicolaus Smith began playing in 2011 at Rodriguez High School. He received All-League honors in 2013, and 2014. He played for the UC Davis Club team 2015-2018, competing with other UC club teams, Cal Maritime Academy, Chico State, and others. He?s coached JV boys at Rodriguez in 2017 and 2018, and co-coached Varsity boys at Rodriguez in 2019. He coached SASO Water Polo in winter 2018-19 and summer 2019.

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His goals for SASO Water Polo is to improve all high schools in the extended Fairfield area, to create a Northern California contender in major USA Water Polo tournaments, like the Junior Olympics, in the future. He also wants to grow local water polo programs enough to regularly help kids get into colleges they might not be able to get into academically.

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Don White

Don White began his playing career at Fairfield High School in 1987, achieving All- America honors as a goal keeper in 1988 and 1989, and all Nor Cal Junior College honors in 1995. He?s coached at multiple levels and with multiple programs: FHS (?97, ?98), UGA Club (1999), Connecticut College Club (2000), Tualatin Hills Water Polo Club (2004, 2005), Rodriguez High School (2012). He?s also officiated (1998, 1999, 2005, 2017). He?s worked with athletes at all levels, and has produced 4 JO or high school All Americans, 16 All State selections, two Olympians, and over 30 athletes who?ve participated in Junior College, Div II or Div I college programs. He's served as the PNW Zone Girl's ODP Coach, and as PNW Zone Assistant Chair (2005).

His goal in working with SASO Water Polo is to get kids to truly enjoy aquatics, and to train and promote excellence in water polo through positive interactions and delivering fun and collaborative instruction to athletes.

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Amber Phelps