Girls Water Polo
Head Varsity Coach: Ben Gossard
Levels: Varsity, Junior Varsity
Bio: Has 4 years prior water polo coaching experience at Ventura High School, at the Varsity, JV, and frosh levels, and has also coached club polo.
Philosophy: Having a team that is well-conditioned and fundamentally sound through skills development is my goal. I believe that the basics of the game, when mastered, win games. This is achieved through a very “hands on” coaching style, where each player gets help with physical skills as well as understanding the game as a whole. My teams will also be well acquainted with tough workouts, drills, and skills work that build endurance.
Most proud of: Coaching the Ventura High girls water polo team to the CIF-SS playoffs.
JV Coach: Victoria Lee
2014-15 Varsity Team: CIF-SS Division 7 Champions
2015-16 Varsity Team: CIF-SS Division 7 Runner-Up
2016-17 Varsity Team: 2nd Place League, CIF-SS Division 3 Qualifiers
Home games are played mainly at Ventura Aquatic Center, 901 S Kimball Rd, Ventura.
Winter Transportation: There will be a bus provided to the Ventura Aquatic Center (VAC), leaving FTHS daily at 2:00pm (route 108) for those athletes who are on the team or trying out. Practice will finish at 5:30pm and students should be picked up promptly from the VAC. Please see Karrie in the front office with any questions.
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ATHLETE CLEARANCE: Prior to trying out for or practicing with a team, students must submit Athletic Clearance documentation, which includes a sports physical clearance dated within the past 12 months. NEW for the 2017-18 school year, online clearance is now available! Begin the online clearance process at https://home.registermyathlete.com/org/CA/00509/ and use the instructions found here. If you are unable to complete clearance online, please contact the school office for a packet at 289-0023 x1016.
ATHLETICS DONATION: We are asking for each family to please donate $125.00 to the Booster Fund to help alleviate the stress from each individual coach to fundraise for equipment, CIF meals, tournaments/invitationals, recognition/awards, and coaching education/certification. Your tax-deductible donation may reference our non-profit 501(c)(3) tax ID#47-1828368. Cash or checks payable to “Foothill Athletics Boosters” can be brought to the FTHS front office, or donations may be made online. Thank you for your support!
Winter Practice Location: Ventura Aquatic Center at Ventura Community Park, 901 S. Kimball Road
Ventura Community Park, Ventura