Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez
Title: Men's & Women's Water Polo Coach
Phone: (909) 607-4484
Email: alexander.rodriguez@pomona.edu
Previous College: B.A. - Pepperdine University

Alex Rodriguez has spent 11 years as the head coach of both the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo and Women's Water Polo programs, after beginning his tenure in the 2005-06 season. He took a sabbatical in 2015-16 to coach with USA Water Polo, serving as the head coach for the men's junior national and youth national teams and as an assistant coach with the men's senior national team.

While with the Sagehens, Rodriguez has been at the helm for 13 conference titles, leading the men's program to SCIAC titles in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 (co-champions) and 2017, and the women's program to SCIAC titles in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (co-champions) and 2017.

The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo program has made five NCAA Championship appearances in Rodriguez' tenure, earning the SCIAC's automatic bid with his first five league titles. The Sagehens have won three NCAA matches in those five appearances, including a 13-12 win over Iona in the seventh-place match in 2013, after Pomona-Pitzer trailed 12-8 with 4:30 to play.

Rodriguez came to Pomona-Pitzer from Pepperdine University, where he has served as the Assistant Coach for the Men's Water Polo program from 2002-06. Rodriguez is a former All-American player at Pepperdine and was a member of the Waves' National Championship team in 1997.

In addition to his duties as Assistant Coach, Rodriguez served as the Head Coach and co-owner of the Pepperdine Water Polo Club. In 2005, his 18 and under boys team won the Junior Olympic Championship. Rodriguez has also been the Head Coach of the men's Coastal California National Team in Premier League, with players coming from UCLA, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount University, and UC Santa Barbara.

Rodriguez was the Head Coach of the boys water polo team at Bonita High School in 2001, guiding his team to the CIF Southern Section Championship. He was named the CIF and Los Angeles Times' Inland Valley Coach of the Year in 2001.

For five years, Rodriguez served as the Bonita High School girl's water polo head coach, where in 2003 he was named CIF and Daily Bulletin Coach of the Year. Rodriguez earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Pepperdine University.

Alex La
Alex La
Title: Associate Head Water Polo Coach
Phone: (909) 607-4487
Email: alex.la@pomona.edu
Previous College: B.A. - La Verne; M.A. - La Verne

Alex La served as the Interim Head Coach for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Water Polo and Women's Water Polo programs in 2015-16 while Head Coach Alex Rodriguez was on sabbatical to coach the Men's Junior National Team for USA Water Polo. During his tenure he tallied a 13-16 record for the men's team and 14-16 for the women's team. La served as Associate Head Coach with both programs in 2014-15, helping the women's team to a share of the SCIAC title with a 10-1 league mark. 

In the summer of 2016, La traveled with the Men’s National Water Polo team to Rio to compete in the 2016 Olympics.  He was tasked as the Scouting Coach, recording and breaking down film for the Men’s Team.  During his time there, he scouted every water polo game in the Olympics, was able to watch the Gold Medal Women’s Water Polo Game, Gold Medal Table Tennis, Quarterfinals for Beach Volleyball and USA Men’s Basketball.

Currently Alex is active at the club level, serving as Technical Director and Head Coach of 18u Boys for the Foothill Club Water Polo.  His teams have consistently been ranked at the top in the Junior Olympics. With the club, La has traveled, trained and competed all over the world. They have been to Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary and Australia.

In 2014-2016 he also held the Position of Head Zone Coach for the Coastal Zone in USA Water Polo’s Olympic Development Program. He organized camps for three separate age groups which allowed him and his staff to select six teams ranging from different ages to compete in Zone Championships.

La is a 2003 graduate of the University of La Verne. He recieved his bachelor's degree in business administraion and his master's drgree in marketing in 2005 also from La Verne. He competed on the Leopards' water polo team during his final two years of college.

From 2008-2014, La served as head water polo coach at SCIAC rival La Verne, prior to joining the Sagehens in the fall of 2014.  

Alyssa Woodward
Alyssa Woodward
Title: Assistant Coach
Previous College: B.A. - Pitzer College

Woodward returns to Pomona-PItzer as a coach after a decorated four-year career as a student-athlete for the Sagehens. As a Sagehen, Woodward started in all four years and helped the team to four straight SCIAC Championships. She was named SCIAC Newcomer of the Year in 2012 followed with two First Team All-SCIAC awards. She also won SCIAC Player of the Year in her senior season.

Woodward boasts a wealth of coaching experience in her young career, recently serving as a head coach for the Claremont High School frosh boys’ water polo team and assistant coach for the boys’ junior varsity and varsity team. During her tenure as an assistant coach, she helped the Wolfpack varsity team win its first CIF title in program history.

In addition to coaching at Claremont High School, Woodward serves as the U16 and U18 girls water polo coach at the Foothill Club Water Polo Team. She took the U16 team to the 2016 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics and later led the U18 team to a top-10 finish in the 2017 Junior Olympics.

Woodward has also served as an assistant coach for the Los Osos High School varsity girls water polo team, the Chaffey Junior College women’s water polo program, and the U14 & U16 Dolphins Water Polo Club (Perth, Australia) girls team.

The former Sagehen graduated from Pitzer College in 2015 as a studio art major and mathematics minor.

Ashley Nicole Hower
Ashley Nicole Hower
Title: Assistant Coach
Previous College: B.A. - Vanguard University

Ashley Hower is entering her first season with the Sagehens. Before coming to Pomona-Pitzer Athletics, she was serving as an assistant coach for the Chaffey College women's water polo team. Before coming to Chaffey, Hower worked as an assistant coach for the Mount San Antonio College women's water polo team, managing team logistics and assisting in the recruitment of athletes and player development.

Hower is also the head coach of the Foothill Club Water Polo U12 girls team for the last three years, leading her team to the National Junior Olympics for two straight years (2016, 2017), and taking third place in the 2016 California Cup.

Hower graduated from Vanguard University in 2013 where she earned a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in behavior modification and learning.

Candace Vorbeck
Candace Vorbeck
Title: Assistant Coach
Previous College: B.A. - University of La Verne

Candice Vorbeck joins the Sagehens in Spring 2018 after coaching with Foothill Club Water Polo since 2016, and is also an assistant coach for the Bonita High School boys and girls water polo team. She also coached at the Huntington Beach High School girls' team in 2016. Vorbeck played water polo at Golden West College for two seasons and transferred to University of La Verne to finish her playing career. Vorbeck is currently attending Azusa Pacific University.