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LASZLO GYORI

HEAD BOYS COACH & PRIMO POLO

Laszlo (Laci) Gyori, originally from Hungary, played water polo for 16 years. He began coaching in 2005 and later moved to Florida where he coached at South Florida water polo club from 2009-2011. Laci has coached all age groups and both genders over the last 10 years. He is currently the head boy’s coach as well as the head coach for Primo Polo.

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DAVID THROOP

HEAD GIRLS COACH

For close to 30 years, Coach Throop has been a coach with Coronado Aquatics Club and Coronado HS, beginning in the early 1990s. 

During his tenure, he has helped guide and lead the club to grow from around 20 kids at the Senior Men level to start an age-group program. With his leadership, he helped develop, nurture, and grow the Jr High levels.  Additionally, he helped start the Senior Women’s program, expanding the club to over 150 in various age-groups at various times. 

Under Coach Throop’s and Coach Burgess’ (retired) direction, the club and HS programs saw a wide array of championships in many different competitive formats.  Under their tutelage, Coronado became known as a national level water polo power house and a feeder into major D1 level Universities and National Teams.

Coach Throop has been recognized for his coaching at many different levels in the past from Age-Group to Co-Coach of the Senior Men, Associate Head Coach at the University of Hawaii, and is currently serving as Head Coach for the Senior Women’s Team.  

His teams have traveled extensively both nationally and internationally.  They’ve  hosted numerous groups from around the US and the world to create, foster, and develop a broader understanding of the game and a more significant understanding of our roles as citizens in the world.

His philosophy is to develop well-rounded individuals and citizens through sport, and to provide an opportunity for every member of the club to grow, learn, and compete in appropriate arenas.

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JORGE PEREZ

HEAD YOUTH & JUNIORS COACH

Jorge Perez is from La Paz, Mexico and has played water polo for 20 years, starting with a club team representing his state. Jorge won the National Championship with his state team for five consecutive years. This opened the door for him to play international tournaments with the Junior National team, where he earned the MVP title and served as the Team Captain.  This experience gave him the opportunity to move up to the Mexican National team later in 2006 until he retired from playing the sport professionally in 2014. Jorge has played in different international tournaments, such as:

  • Pan-American Games: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007; and Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011, where he was also the Captain of the National Team.
  • Centro-American Games: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 2010, the team won 3rd place, and he was the Captain of the National Team; and Veracruz, Mexico 2014, the team won the gold medal for 1st place.
  • FINA Men’s Water Polo Olympic Game Qualification Tournament: Romania in 2008.
  • World University Games: Belgrade, Serbia in 2009.

Jorge started coaching in Mexico while he was still an active player. He coached the Baja California Sur state’s 10U and 14U teams in 2008. Under his direction, both teams qualified for the National Tournament that year.

In 2013, Jorge moved to the United States where he started as an Assistant Coach at Los Angeles Valley College, and as Head Coach of the 10 and Under team at Los Angeles Premier Water Polo Club in 2015. After a year working for L.A. Premier, he was named Head Coach of the 12 and under team. During his time at L.A. Premier, he and his team won the Coastal California Zone Championship and qualified to compete in the Junior Olympic Tournament. As Head Coach for L.A. Premier Water Polo Club, he spent a majority of the practices teaching proper swimming techniques, endurance, and water polo fundamentals.  He believes these are the essential building blocks to train youths for all aquatic sports.

Upon moving to San Diego, Jorge’s community college team at Southwestern won 3rd in Conference his first year, which tied the highest record for the college in water polo. During Jorge’s community college experiences as a Head Coach and Assistant Coach, he not only “coaches” his team, but he also works with each student-athlete to address individual water polo skills and swimming techniques.  He is 100% committed to help his players with their overall athleticism and to prepare them to play the sport at the next level.

ASSISTANT COACHES

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JAICEY TAYLOR

ASSISTANT COACH

Jaicey started playing water polo with CAC in 8th grade after swimming for many years,  and continued playing with CHS throughout high school.  After graduating from CHS,  Jaicey decided to stay close to home and family, and play for San Diego Mesa College.  She led her Mesa College team in winning a junior college state championship.  Jaicey’s love of the sport endured after graduation and beginning a family.  After having her baby, Randy Burgess asked Jaicey to come help with the club.  She has been coaching since the fall season of 2019.  Jaicey has always loved the competitive aspect of water polo and really enjoys fostering the same competitive spirit and love of the game she enjoyed as a kid.

Jaicey has assisted Coach Throop with the CAC senior girls team, as well as the junior teams, since she came on board with CAC.  She is also the JV coach for the CHS women’s water polo team.  

Jaicey will continue as an assistant coach this year.  Her main focus will be helping to develop our youth program.  Known for her technical expertise and willingness to jump in the pool and demonstrate, she will continue to train with and mentor the senior girls as well.

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