Diablo Alliance Coaching Staff


The Diablo Alliance coaching staff includes former Olympians, USA National Team Members, NCAA National Champions, College and High School All-Americans and current local Varsity High School Coaches. Each of our coaches work hard to focus their attention on the particular skills and disciplines that are appropriate for the level of athlete under their guidance. Our coaches take special interest in both building individual skills as well as team concepts to ensure our athletes progress together and participate at all levels. As water polo is a team sport we encourage group activities both in and out of the pool and coordinate team social activities with each age group team during each session and at tournament weekends.

Below is a listing of our wonderful group of coaches:

Maureen OToole Purcell:

Maureen "Mo" is widely regarded worldwide as the greatest female water polo player of all time. Maureen began her water polo career at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, playing on a boys water polo team because there wasn't a girls team. At age 17 she joined the U.S. Women's National Team. From 1978 to 1994 she was a constant figure on the National Team; the only exception was in 1991 when she gave birth to the joy of her life, her daughter Kelly.  Some of Maureen's many accomplishments are listed below.
  • Most Valuable Player of the US Women's National Team 15 times
  • U.S. Water Polo Female Athlete of the Year 5 times
  • World Water Polo Female Athlete of the Year 6 times
  • All American team for U.S. Water Polo a record 28 times
  • 2000 Olympic Games Silver Medalist
  • Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Water Polo Player (YouTube Video)

Cat von Schwarz Arroyo:
Cat has been involved with water polo with water
polo in some way or another since she was 12 years old.  The sport has giving her so much and she could not imagine what her life would have been like without it.  Born in Annapolis, Maryland there was not much opportunity for girls playing water polo, so she played with the boys.  Some of Cat’s water polo accomplishments are listed below:

As a Coach:
  • Diablo Alliance Head Coach (2016 - present)
  • Olympic Development Program (2010 - present)
    • USA National Cadet Team, Assistant Coach
    • 11th/12th grade Head Coach, Pacific Zone (2012 - present)
    • 11th/12th grade Head Coach, Pacific Northwest Zone (2010 - 2012)
  • Lamorinda Water Polo, Girls Program Director (2012 - 2016)
  • St. Mary's College, Moraga - Head Coach (2012 - 2016)
  • Campolindo High School, Assistant Coach (2012 - 2016)
  • California State University, Long Beach - Head Coach (2006 - 2008)
  • Los Angeles Water Polo Club (2004 - 2006)
  • University of California, Los Angeles - Assistant Coach (2003 - 2004)
  • Golden West College - Assistant Coach
As a Player:
  • Professionally:
    • Rari Nantes Florentina, Florence, Italy (2004 - 2005)
    • I.G.M Ortigia, Sircusa, Sicily, Italy (2001 - 2002)
  • US National Team:
    • Senior National Team (1995 - 2003)
    • Junior National Team (1990 - 1996)
  • Collegiate Career:
    • Member of UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (2010)
    • 4 time NCAA Champion (1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000)
    • University of California at Los Angeles (1996 - 2000)
  • Club Career:
    • New York Athletic Club (2001 - 2013)
    • Naval Academy Aquatic Club (1998 - 2001)

 
Misha Buchel:
 
Misha has been a member of the coaching staff with Diablo Water Polo for the last 8 years.  He began his water polo life at Clayton Valley High School in Concord where he was a 1st Team All-NorCal player.  After graduating from UCSD with a degree in Bioengineering, he began coaching the boys and girls teams at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, CA.  Since moving to northern California in 2005 Misha has coached the varsity girls water polo team at Acalanes HS, leading them to the NCS championship game two of the last three years.  When he’s not coaching water polo, he’s either teaching math at Acalanes HS (where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2012), or spending time in the outdoors with his wife Brittany and sons Jonas and Peter.
 
 


Bennett Indart:
 
Bennett brings over 30 years of water polo experience to Diablo and enjoys mentoring and coaching young athletes in water polo as a volunteer coach.  Bennett’s coaching philosophy is based on building upon sound fundamentals, hard work and teaching balanced offensive and defensive principles.  Some of Bennett’s water polo accomplishments are listed below:
  • Three Time High School All-American
  • Two Time NCAA Champion (1987, 1988)
  • NCAA Runner-up (1986, 1989)
  • 1989 NCAA All-American
  • USA Junior Team: Pan American Gold Medalist (1987) and Bronze Medalist(1985)
  • Co-captain, 1989 UC Berkeley Men's Water Polo team
  • Five time USWP Masters All-American
  • Co-founder and Chairman, Peter J. Cutino Award
  • Earned 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in FINA World Masters Championships
  • Member, Olympic Club Hall of Fame
  • Board Member, Friends of Cal Aquatics
  • Co-Head Coach - Monte Vista HS Women's Water Polo (2013 - present)


Jim Hassett: 

Jim brings over three decades of experience in swimming and water polo to Diablo
Alliance.  His accomplishments starting from his days at Washington High School in Fremont to swimming in the 1996 Olympic Trials and playing water polo in numerous FINA Masters World Championships are listed below: 
Swimming:
  • NCS Champion 200 Free (1990)
  • High School All-American
  • 1991 NCAA D2 Champion in 200 & 500 Free, 400 & 800 Free Relay (Cal State Bakersfield)
  • 1992 NCAA D2 Champion in 200 & 500 Free, 200 Back, 400 & 800 Free Relay (CSUB)
  • 1994 NCAA D1 9th place 200 Free, All American (UC Berkeley)
  • 1995 NCAA D1 7th place 200 Free, All American (UC Berkeley)
  • 1996 participated in US Olympic Trials in 200 Free (Ft. Lauderdale Swim Team)
    Water Polo:
    • 1989 & 1990 All League, Washington High School, Fremont, CA
    • 1996 & 1998 1st Team All Conference Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
    • 2004, 2010 & 2014 FINA Masters World Championships Bronze Medalist
    • 2006 & 2008 FINA Masters World Championships 4th place
    • 2010 & 2015 US Masters Gold Medalist
    Coaching:
    • 1999 Head Coach Boys Varsity Swimming, Los Gatos High School
    • 2010 Head Coach Girls/Boys JV Swimming, Santa Cruz High School
    • 2013-15 Assistant Coach 10U Girls/Boys Wax-em Water Polo, Santa Cruz
    • 2015 Assistant Coach Boys Varsity Santa Cruz High School (SCCAL Champions)






    Robby Arroyo:

    Robby became passionate about water
    polo at a young age. He has won major
    water polo events like National Junior Olympics, Champions Cup, CIF-SS D1, MPSF Conference, and many more including with Team USA and Professionally.  While in high school he trained with the 1996 Olympic Team alongside his older brother Gavin.  Robby has been focused on expanding the sport of water polo for both boys and girls at multiple levels along with hosting local tournament opportunities to aid in the expansion of the sport (CCCA Regional & State Championships, CAL Cup, ODP National Championships, etc.).  Below are some of Robby’s water polo accomplishments:

    As a Coach:
    • Diablo Alliance Head Coach (2016-Present)
    • Las Positas College, Head Men's Coach (2015-Present)
    • Lamorinda Water Polo, Head Coach, 14U Girls (2012-2016)
    • California State University, Long Beach - Volunteer Coach (2006-2008)
    • Golden West, Head Coach 18U Boys (2005)
    • Foothill High School - Assistant Coach, Men's Varsity (2005)
    • Pinole Valley - Head Coach 18U Boys
    As a Player:
    • USA National Team
      • Member of the USA Youth, Junior and National Teams (1992 - 2000)
      • USA "Top16" Swimmer, US Swimming Jr. and Sr. Nationals
    • Played Professionally in Greece, Spain and Hungary
    • University of California, Berkeley:
      • 4 Year Starter
      • MPSF Champion and NCAA Runner Up (2002)
      • Team Captain and member of hiring committee for head coach (2002)
    • Runner-up at Men's Outdoor Nationals, NYAC (2002)
    • SOCAL, Won several NJO Championships & Inaugural Champions Cup (1987-1998)
    • Foothill High School, Santa Ana, CA (1994-1998):
      • 4 time All American, All CIF SS, All OC County, All League in Swimming and Water Polo
    • CIF SS Water Polo Player of the Year (1997)
    • Played in 3 CIF Championship Games--Winning in 1995


    Jeff Tyrrell:

    Jeff Tyrrell has been coaching as a Head Coach for Diablo Alliance since 2016 and on the CAL Men’s Water Polo coaching staff since 2014. After two seasons as a volunteer coach at CAL, he became the assistant coach and was part of the 2017 NCAA Championship win.

    As a player, Jeff Tyrrell was the hero of CAL’s 2006 last-second victory for the NCAA men’s water polo title nailing a shot from 12 meters out as time expired to give the Bears a 7-6 win. He was a two-time All-American for the Golden Bears, and was a key contributor to CAL as they won back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007. Jeff was also a member of the USA National Team from 2006-12 and had a long career playing professionally in Europe. In 2008-09 Tyrrell played for Roma Vis Nova in Rome, from 2009-10 he played for VK Sibenik in Croatia, from 2010-11 for Rari Nantes Camogli in Italy, in 2011 for Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro and finally Sportiva Nervi in Italy in 2012-13.


    Pat Reid:

    Pat is both an accomplished player and coach of water polo and has been coaching at Diablo since 2007.  He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Diablo coaching staff and enjoys working with athletes of all ages.  Pat's extensive water polo resume is listed below:
    • 3 time MVP Conference Merced High 
    • 3 time High School All American, College All American
    • USA Jr. National Team
    • 2 NCAA National Championships at Cal, 1984 and 1987
    • 7 USWP National Championships
    • 10+ Time USWP All American
    • Masters National Championships - Olympic Club  10 Time Gold Medalist
    • Masters World Championships - Olympic Club 3 Time Gold Medalist
    • Coach Swimming, USS and Rec, Pleasant Hill 1985-1992
    • Coach Water Polo, Acalanes High School, 2007-present
    • Coach, Diablo Water Polo, 2007-present

    Frances Usedom:

    Fran has been enjoying coaching water polo for 12 years.  
    Starting out as a
    swimmer, Fran got a taste of water polo back in the day while playing for Ohlone College’s inaugural women’s team.  She went on to play club water polo at Chico state and then help start a club program at Cal State Hayward, where she received her BS in Kinesiology.  In 2003, Fran and her husband, Randy, established the water polo teams at Foothill High School.  She operated Stoneridge Water Polo from 2006-2009.  Some of her favorite memories, over the years, were watching her 3 children (Rachel, Daniel & Jeremy) play water polo
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    Coaching History

    • 2003 – Present - Foothill High School Varsity Girls

    • 2013 – 12, 14 & U, Spring and Summer Club Water Polo Castlewood CC

    • 2009 – 2012 –12 & Under Beginners, 680 Drivers

    • 2004-2009 – 12 & U coed; 16 & U Girls - Stoneridge Water Polo Club, Pleasanton



    Andre Weiglein: 

    Andre began his coaching experience managing
    his boys’ little league baseball
    teams.  Falling in love with coaching through the experiences with his sons and their friends hooked him into coaching and enticed further involvement in coaching the sport he’s been playing most of his life, water polo.  His passion for teaching water polo is driven by the countless
    positive experiences he had with his excellent college, high school and club coaches and many close friends gained throughout his playing career.  Andre’s water polo accomplishments are listed below:
    • High School All-American
    • Two Time NCAA Champion (1984, 1987)
    • NCAA 2nd Place (1986)
    • Co-Captain, 1987 UC Berkeley Men's Water Polo Team
    • Three time USWP Masters All-American
    • 7 USWP National Championships - Olympic Club
    • 10 Masters National Championships - Olympic Club
    • 3 Masters World Championships - Olympic Club
    • Member, Olympic Club Hall of Fame
    • Coach - Foothill High School Water Polo (2014 - present)
    • Coach - Diablo Water Polo (2015 - present)