Southern Water Polo Club

The fastest growing club in Southern California

San Diego, Southern Water Polo Club aims to build outgoing athletes with high standard water polo skills and fundamentals. With our over 50 years of combined coaching experience, we establish a program that will guide athletes to a successful water polo career. Beyond our “in the water” goal, our priority is to teach leadership skills such as discipline, commitment, and determination in order to develop character traits and values that will serve our athletes a lifetime. We aim to accomplish this by providing a year round program for ages 6-18.

Our lessons are available for both beginner and advanced levels

Meet The Coaches

Intro to the Southern Water Polo Club coaches

Club Director

Edgard Espinosa

Edgard Espinosa is our Southern Water Polo Director as well as a coach. He has many years of experience in ALL aspects of the game, he was a player, a coach, a referee and also a water polo parent. 619-988-6467 espinosaedgard@yahoo.com

Coach

Esteban Vasquez

Played water polo for 14 years competitively. Coached for the last 2 years. Played on a Division 1 program at San Jose State. 3x Platinum level Junior Olympic Champion. 2x NCC Champion. 2x Mexican Junior Olympics Champion. 1x USA Water Polo Player of the month.

Coach

Amir Soli

Amir Soli has been coaching water polo for over 30 years. Soli is was president and head coach of the San Diego Suns water polo club and has coached at Gezira Club, American University, holiday beach club, Rimal club where he led his teams to several championship appearances in Lebanese League and Egyptian League. Before moving to the United States in 2000, Soli played water polo for the Egyptian National team and qualified for the World Cup in Madrid , Spain, in 1986. Soli brings his international experience and recognized ability to inspire athletes to high competitive levels

Club Co-Director

Beto Vasquez

Started playing competitive water polo in 1999. 4-year varsity water polo athlete at Bonita Vista High School (4x undefeated league champion, 1st team all-league in 2006; SD County Senior All Star team selection). Played with SD Shores from 2003-2007. 4x National Junior Olympic participant (2 Top 8 finishes). 2x ODP selection team member (1x Bronze medalist at ODP national championships). 2-year varsity water polo athlete at Occidental College (NCAA DIII). Started coaching in 2009 with SD Shores. Joined Southern WP in 2017. Also currently coaches at University City High School and SD Mesa College. 619-977-8840 adal.vasquez.jr@gmail.com

Coach

Andreas Stathatos

Played polo for 8 years. All-League 3 years in high school. All-CIF 3 years in high school. 16U Junior Olympic Champion. 16U junior Olympic 2nd-Team All-American. Played polo at UCSD for 2 years, 1x WWPA champion.

Coach

James W Torres

Referee, Water Polo Coach, Retired Educator. Originally from Northern California, James began playing water polo in San Jose, and has consistently played, coached, and refereed water polo for the past 42 years. Recognized as an All American at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA, James moved to San Diego and finished two seasons with UCSD and majored in Communications. After finishing his Master’s Degree at SDSU, and coaching at El Cajon Valley HS, he led the Braves Girls’ team to back to back league championships. James conducted the Sunrise Water polo program which served scores of athletes in the East County. Twice recognized by the Pacific Southwest Zone with the Aaron Chaney Distinguished Referee award in 2013 and 2018, James is a board member of the San Diego Water Officials association and has served the community as game announcer for the CIF Tournaments for fifteen years. James also announces all the home games for the San Diego State Aztecs Women’s Water Polo Program. James brings forty plus years of water polo experience to Southern Water Polo and is excited by the opportunities for young athletes today.

Coach

Memo Vasquez

Played 6 years club, 4 years high school. Won silver at junior olympics for 16 and under. Been coaching 12’s for 3 years

Coach

Lyndsay Sutterley

Lyndsay grew up playing water polo in central California and was one of the top players in her area. Lyndsay played four years of Division 1 water polo at UC Davis from 2008-2012. She was a 2M guard throughout her career and was the team captain in her senior year. She currently is the head coach for Boys and Girls Water Polo and a teacher at Mission Bay High School.