Boys Water Polo Coaching Staff

Christian Cardey

Head Coach
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Coach Cardey enters his 7th season as the head coach of the Tesoro Boys Water Polo program. Prior to Tesoro, Coach Cardey coached at Hillcrest High School in Riverside, winning a CIF championship with the girls' program in 2016. Coach Cardey has also coached for SOCAL Water Polo Club, 241 Water Polo Club and was a zone coach for the USA Water Polo Olympic Development team, earning top USA Zone coach in 2019. Coach Cardey played at Riverside Poly High School where he was a member of two CIF championship teams and then for Pepperdine University which consistently finished top 5 in the national NCAA Division 1 top 25 polls, highlighted by ranking 2nd in the nation in the final poll of the 2007 NCAA season. 


Dennis Shaffer
Assistant Coach - Varsity

Coach Shaffer enters his 9th year coaching at Tesoro! Coach Shaffer has been an invaluable part of the Tesoro Aquatics program and has played an important role in shaping Tesoro Aquatics athletes throughout their time at Tesoro. Coach Shaffer played at El Toro under legendary coach Don Stoll and has had stints coaching at El Toro and for 241 Water Polo Club. 


Diego Wedepohl
Assistant Coach - Frosh/Soph & Novice


Coach Diego enters his second season as an aquatics Coach at Tesoro. A former Titan water polo player himself, Coach Diego knows the ins and outs of the program. Diego played 4 years of water polo at Tesoro and was an integral member of one of Tesoro's strongest water polo teams in 2021. Coach Diego led a strong frosh-soph team last year to a great team record. Coach Diego stresses fundamentals, hard work, and respect from his athletes which has been a big part of his team's success. 


Team Information

Tesoro Boys Water Polo is home to some of the hardest working student athletes in the Orange County area. Our program is one that is built on hard work, dedication, and inclusiveness. These values are a big reason why we field one of the largest programs in California. Tesoro carries four levels (Varsity, JV, Frosh/Soph A, and Frosh/Soph B) and competes in the Coast View Athletic Conference. Several Tesoro Water Polo graduates have gone on to play at the collegiate level at some of the best programs in the country. Our student athletes and parents have done some great volunteer work throughout the community over the years and are a big reason for the success of our program.