Alex Rodriguez has spent 10 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 11 conference titles, leading the men's program to SCIAC titles in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 (co-champions), and the women's program to SCIAC titles in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (co-champions).
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 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.
|Title:||Assistant Water Polo Coach|
|Previous College:||B.A. - Whittier|
Erick Gonzalez enters his second season as an assistant coach with Pomona-Pitzer Men's and Women's Water Polo in 2016-17.
Gonzalez joins the Sagehens after coaching with the Foothill Water Polo Cub since 2014, and has also served as an assistant coach at Montebello High School, his alma mater.
A standout player at Whittier, Gonzalez was a two-time Division III All-American and helped the Poets to a 2013 SCIAC title. He also was named the Western Water Polo Association Newcomer of the Year and the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2010. He was a three-time High School All-American as well at Montebello, prior to joining the Poets.
Gonzalez graduated from Whittier with a degree in history and a minor in sociology.
|Title:||Assistant Water Polo Coach|