Sunday, March 29, 2015


Hello All High School Water Polo Athletes and Parents,

Legacy Water Polo has FOUR remaining high school Saturday practices this spring session. And we would like to invite ALLhigh school athletes that have a current USA WP membership to join us for a fun Saturday morning or early afternoon scrimmage!

The remaining practices will be held THIS Saturday, March 28th from 1pm to 3pm at MPC.  The following three will be held from 11am to 1pm at the MPC pool on the dates of April 11th, April 25th, and May 16th, as noted on the Legacy Website Calendar


1) A CURRENT USA Water Polo Athlete Membership
2) A release of liability and insurance waiver for Legacy Water Polo.
      * If you have participated in a Legacy session in the last 2 years, these should be on file. 
       * If you have never participated in a Legacy practice, all you need to do is complete the One Time Player registration form.
       * There will also be a few copies that can be filled out on deck, but we prefer to save trees where possible. 

We look forward to seeing all you on deck, and feel free to bring any friends, as long as they fit the above criteria! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

San Jose State water polo

Legacy Water Polo
February 27, 2015    
San Jose State is hosting a fundraising event tomorrow!
Even if you cannot attend, it is great to know that we will have more Div 1 water polo in the bay area and only a hour away from the Monterey Peninsula!

You are invited to attend a Celebration and Fundraising Party for the Men's Water Polo Program at San José State University at the Gold Room at Simpkins Center at Spartan Stadium in San José on February 28th.

Men's Water Polo is returning this fall to San José State after a 34 year hiatus. The Bay Area Masters Water Polo Club is hosting the party with food, music and drinks to support the program. $3 million dollars must be raised to fund the program of which $2 million has already been raised.
Please come out and help celebrate the new team and help close the fundraising gap.

Host:Bay Area Masters Water Polo
When:Saturday, February 28 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Gold Room - Simpkins Stadium Center at Spartan Stadium1280 South 7th Street (near Alma) San Jose, CA

Message from Host
Bay Area Master's Water Polo Club invites you to join a great party and silent auction to help raise funds for the newly reinstated  San José State Men's Water Polo Team.  After a 34-year hiatus, the San José State University athletics department is reinstating men's water polo to its NCAA Division I sports offerings beginning in the 2015 fall semester. There will be no official cost for entrance, but the suggested donation is  at least $50 per person.  Over $2 Million dollars has been raised thus far for the program, however the goal before the first whistle is blown is $3 Million.  The program needs your help.  Please come, donate vigorously and enjoy delicious catered food and beverages (alcohol and non-alcohol).  Also with live music will be provided for your listening and dancing pleasure!

Please click on this link to register so we know you are coming:Registration Link

Let's all wear our school or water polo team gear to show support for San José State's new Men's Water Polo program!

If you are unable to attend but want to make a fully tax deductible contribution (for which you will receive a thank you letter stating the amount you donated for your tax records), please send checks made payable to "Tower Foundation", and mail them to

Mark Holland

16051 Shannon Rd.

Los Gatos, CA. 95032
Go Polo!

Cheers from, past program manager, Kathryn! 

Also, don't forget to register for Legacy's Spring Session starting Monday.



Legacy Water Polo Thanks You!
Thank you for your continued participation and positive feed back on how to make our program better.  You can always contact us at Legacy Polo.

Hardwork, practice = Success (it's that simple!!)


If you want to improve at anything in life it comes through hard work, practice and preparation.  Think about it, you don't get good at something by default.  You have to put in the work to improve.
By now many of you are finishing your winter sport or starting your spring sport.  Of course the coaching staff encourages all polo players to join the CHS swim team, but we understand if you desire to play another sport.  Either way, you now have the opportunity to still keep your polo skills sharp and improve your conditioning even if you are playing baseball, lacrosse, tennis, etc.  If you are not playing a spring sport, you have no excuse :)

Legacy's Spring session is due to start on Monday.  We worked very hard to get Legacy back in the CHS pool so it will be closer to most and save time.  Take advantage of the few practices a week.

Sign up for Legacy, Swim Conditioning or both asap at

Do your best to be your best.

Coach Gaily

Sunday, February 1, 2015

More about Jack Jack

If you listen to NPR KAZU 90.3 as I do you might have heard the piece about Jack Jack that was broadcast this week. It is about the entire Maughan family and their involvement with the ocean. You can listen to the piece at The story is copied below:

Carmel Teens Advance in Ocean Health XPrize Competition

Jack Maughan (left) and Ethan Kurteff (right) with their pH sensor and the XPrize validation team.
Jack Maughan (left) and Ethan Kurteff (right) with their pH sensor and the XPrize validation team.
Credit Lisa Walder
Team pHFine Scale (from left to right): Jack Maughan (17),  Lisa Walder (Project Manager), Benek Robertson (16), Bridgett Maughan (14), Caroline Maughan (18) and Ethan Kurteff (16)
Team pHFine Scale (from left to right): Jack Maughan (17), Lisa Walder (Project Manager), Benek Robertson (16), Bridgett Maughan (14), Caroline Maughan (18) and Ethan Kurteff (16)
Credit Krista Almanzan
When Jack Maughan first told his friends Ethan Kurteff and Benek Robertson about the Wendy Schmitt Ocean Health XPrize, they had kind of a typical teen reaction.  “Jack walks up to us and is like, 'we can win $750,000' and that excited me,” says Ethan Kurteff with a laugh.
This XPrize competition aims to help solve ocean acidification, which happens when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide, and the seawater’s pH level drops. 
There are two $1-million prizes ($750,000 for first place, $250,000 for second place). So one prize is for the team that makes the most accurate ocean pH sensor, and one for the team that makes the most affordable.
It’s enough money to light up most people’s eyes, but what’s not typical about these teens is when they heard about the competition, they decided to enter.  Benek Robertson says building an ocean pH sensor was a culmination of all the things they are learning at Carmel High.
“We’re all members of the robotics team. Ethan and Jack are in AP chem students.  They’re learning a lot about pH. I’m also learning a lot in honors chemistry about that. It’s really great to see real life applications for the things we are working really hard   on in school every day,” says Robertson
So they teamed up with Jack Maughan’s sisters, Bridgett and Caroline, and formedTeam pHFine Scale.
“It was definitely running to my mentors in my life because I had no idea how to begin. So, I talked to my science teachers, I talked to my robotics instructor. My Dad was a big time mentor in starting the process,” says Caroline Maughan, now a student at the University of Montana.
For the Maughans it became a bit of a family affair.  Their dad is a software engineer at MBARI, The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.  He helped with the brainstorming and their mom, Lisa Walder, became the team’s project manager. 
She handles logistics, like lining up insurance and signing competitor agreements.  “With the XPrize, there’s so many details that need to be ironed out before you can truly make the competition,” says Walder. 
The end result: out of 77 teams, Team pHFine Scale was one of 18 to make it to the three month lab trials at MBARI in Moss Landing.   There their sensor performed well enough in a controlled environment that they’re moving on to the next phase where it will be tested in the ocean off the coast of Seattle. 
“I feel very confident.  Looking at our data sets, I feel like our pH sensor is rock solid and we’ll do very well,” says Jack Maughan.
They’re competing in the affordability category against teams from around the world.
“It’s still daunting when we go up there, and there’s these people who have been working at it for 40 years, and they have a bunch of research money.  And we go up and present right after them, and we’re, ‘uh, we scrounged up some money over the summer and we’re in high school’,” says Kurteff.
One of those teams comes from their own backyard.  MBARI Senior Scientist Ken Johnson is on Team DuraFET which has three sensors in the competition.
“It’s a little bit weird in the sense here we are professional sensor developers and the high school kids are coming along and keeping right up with us,” says Johnson.
While they’re competitors, Johnson says they’re supportive of the teens on Team pHFine Scale. “It’s just cool that these high school students are building sensors and it’s sort of like we are looking at the future in real time,” says Johnson.
And the teens say being in this competition has them thinking about future generations and protecting the ocean for them. 
“Well of course it started with the money because we’re young, money is awesome, but it kind of over time, turned into something a bit bigger because we’ve all grown up in the ocean, including my Mom.  So our hearts are very close to the ocean,” says Bridgett Maughan, the youngest member of the team at 14 and a student at Big Sur Charter School.
While winning money may no longer be the motivation, the teens do in fact need money to stay in the competition.  They’ve had to pay fees, buy parts and now need to get their team to Seattle.   You can find their online fundraising campaign here.

Very cool story...Must read...Cheering on Jack "Jack" Maughan!

It is always amazing to me the different talents so many of our boys possess.  Many of our boys play other sports and are quite good.  Many surf.  A bunch play musical instruments and we've had a significant number of Eagle Scouts.

This story about one of our varsity players, Jack "Jack" Maughan is especially unique.  Jack is competing in the Ocean Health XPrize competition for a prize of 750k against professional engineers, college students and innovators in the field.  Read here:

Jack is affectionately called "Jack Jack" so that we don't confuse him with Jack Ellison who is also on the team.  Coach Carl tells the story that one day in practice the boys were confused which Jack he was referring too when speaking to the team and Carl replied, "I'm not not talking to Jack (as he pointed to Jack Ellison) I'm talking to Jack Jack"  The nickname stuck.  Jack Jack is one of those young men that is beastly in his appearance, meaning he's big.  He plays a lot of two meter defense against the opposing team hole set.  Most impressive is Jack's intelligence and demeanor.  He is a true pleasure to coach.

Jack came to us this year and explained to us coaches that he was very committed to this project.  We were so impressed and of course let him miss a few practices to complete his project for the competition.  We're all pulling for him to win.

Let's all cheer on Jack Jack!!

Coach Gaily

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Legacy Update


Legacy announces a new Program Manager and   
a new Board of Directors
Legacy welcomes, this month, Kelley Lefmann as our new Program Manager!  Kelley joins Legacy with a fabulous background on nonprofit boards, expertise with marketing, PR, fundraising, event planning, and membership outreach/communication. Kelley has experience with website development and email campaigns, building and managing social media platforms and on-line calendars. She is comfortable communicating with new and existing member families, executive sponsors and community media contacts. 

Wow! Legacy couldn't be luckier to have found such a perfect match!

Kelly also has a 5 year old son, Luca, who is in his first year of Splashball and doesn't want to do anything else!  Welcome Kelley and Luca!
Kelly says that she is interested in helping to keep Legacy Water Polo going, "because of its outstanding reputation in our community. Everyone I've ever encountered who's been affiliated with the program has had only glowing things to say - and my own brief experience reflects nothing less. I am counting on this club to be an extension of my family, as I try to raise a well-rounded, strong and water-loving boy on my own. The camaraderie and the athletic opportunities are sure to set any child up well for a successful future."  Thanks and well said Kelley!

I'd also like to introduce our new Legacy Board of Directors.  Some have already served for a year or more and some have just been inducted this month.  In addition, we have added the position of Student Member of the Board, and this position has been filled by our long-term Splashball Head Coach, Collette White.

Legacy Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Gaily, 
Legacy Board President, Ken Doo,
Legacy Vice President, Graham Evans,
Legacy Secretary, Tim Auger, 
Legacy Treasurer, Kathryn Loomis,
Legacy Board Member, Carl Hertlein,
Legacy Board Member, Collette White,

We have included the contact information of these Board members so that if the situation presents itself, you will know who to contact.  However, please remember that these members are volunteers and have families and other primary jobs.  Please initiate all of your communications through Legacy at, Kelly Lefmann, and Head Coach Carl Hertlein. 

Please welcome Kelley and our new board and continue to do everything that you can to support Kelley and Carl!
And, have fun, great expectations, and wonderful experiences with LEGACY WATER POLO!!

Thank you.

Legacy would like to thank and and offer our sincerest gratitude to Jim Fannin for his long-term commitment to this amazing water polo club.  Jim was a founding member of the Legacy Water Polo Club some 12 years ago.  However, over the last 5 years he has really stepped up his involvement and been a true supporter on so many levels. Many of the club's membership may not even be aware of Jim's involvement because he never wanted credit and primarily served quietly in the background.  

Jim has served on the Legacy Board of Directors for 5 years, much of that time as President, he also served as Head Coach for 3 years and has mentored most of our younger and newer coaches. But most importantly, for almost the entire time that I have been working for Legacy, Jim has supported the club and and helped any way that he could. When I was new and didn't know how to interpret a tournament schedule (looked like a strange bunch of letters and numbers on an excel spreadsheet!!), Jim taught me. When we needed a coach at the last minute due to a shortage on deck, Jim was there. When I needed a sounding board during difficult issues or circumstances, Jim was always available and supportive.

Jim says that he is not going anywhere, he won't be a stranger to Legacy, and that he will continue to coach when time permits. But it is time for him to step down from his heavy involvement in managing the club.

Thanks Jim, we couldn't have done it without you!


It is definitely with mixed emotions that I am moving on and leaving my position as Legacy's Program Manager.  Maybe that is why it took so long for me to actually hire somebody new and find a new opportunity.  I truly love this club,  I have had the most amazing experiences and learning opportunities as I have participated in the growth of not only Legacy Water Polo but the Masters water polo program that now operates as Otter Bay.  Legacy was a casually run, informal organization with no web presence 5 1/2 years ago, and membership was relatively small with no Masters or Splashball programs.  Besides the amazing and supportive families that I have had the pleasure to work with over the course of my employment, one of the things that I have enjoyed the most is introducing the youngest kids, 5-12, to water polo.  It is because of the joy I see in these young kids (as they improve their swimming, participate in a team sport, and learning to pass and shoot a ball in the water) and the enthusiasm of their parents that I have found a new job, expanding on this passion, that will hopefully lead to growing water polo all over North America  - from Splashball ages to college and eventually professional teams.

I will be available through Kelley or and will remain on the board for a few months, always happy to hear from Monterey water polo enthusiasts!

And, remember to put on your calendar the next DIV I Men's Tournament in Monterey, August 8 & 9 2015, four+ teams are expected including Adam Wright's 
NCAA 2014 Champs, UCLA!!!  

I love this event and I plan to continue to coordinate with the top Men's College teams to bring this event to Monterey every summer!

Legacy goes into 2015 with new energy and new ideas! 

Go Polo!

Thank you all, Kathryn

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Azevedo clinic update

UST IN . . . .  Ricardo Azevedo, Chinese National Coach, will be on deck too! 

Special news, just in!!!  Tony's father, Ricardo Azevedo, Rico, who has been the coach of the United States Men's National Team, the United States Junior National team and, prior to assuming the head role as the Chinese National Team Coach, he led RN ElettroGreen Camogli in Italy.  Ricardo will be bringing some of his Chinese National team players to assist the clinic!!
What an opportunity!

Also assisting, Olympic coach and medalist, Dragan Jovanovich, a successful name in the sport for almost four decades. Dragan has been in high performance sports for over 30 years as an athlete, club coach, national team coach, high performance director and CEO.

Legacy Water Polo
January 1, 2015    


In 10 days 4 time Olympian, Tony Azevedo will hold a two day clinic in Monterey!!
Sign-up now for this special event on Jan 10 & 11.

This Olympian will blow your mind, best in the world, but no visible ego.  He interacts with all participants in and out of the water and will have a lunch time talk with the kids that will change their lives, guaranteed.  He talks about, not just water polo but, life goals, nutritional eating, and study habits as well.  I can't say enough good about this clinic.  People come from all over North America for his clinics!
(My daughter is currently a Div 1 College Water Polo player solely because of Tony's inspiration!)


Sign-up at the link at the top of the page
 Print a flyer HERE!
All players must have on file a One-time Athlete Registration and a current USAWP membership.  
 Be sure to have a parent or legal guardian complete the One-time Athlete Registration. 

Legacy Water Polo Thanks You!
Thank you for your continued participation and positive feed back on how to make our program better.  You can always contact us at Legacy Polo or phone: 831-917-2875.