Girls Water Polo

Coach Ben Gossard

Coach Ben Gossard

Head Varsity Coach: Ben Gossard

Season: Winter

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

Team Highlights:

  • 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

2017-18 Incoming 9th graders or transfers! If you are interested in sports at FTHS and did not complete the online interest form during course registration with FTHS counselors, please click the link below so we can contact you about summer meeting, tryouts, and programs. Scroll down to get more information about summer 2017!

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 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.


    • Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ CMHS Centers for Family Health, 138 W Main St E, 9am-12pm, bring $25 cash or check payable to “FTHS Athletics.” **Bring the sports physical clearance form and completed physical evaluation form. Parents must accompany students.** Thank you to the doctors at C

    • Monday, June 19, 2017 @ Foothill Tech HS, 4:30-6:30pm, $25 cash/check payable to “FTHS Athletics.”  **Bring the sports physical clearance form and completed physical evaluation form. Parents must accompany students.**  Physicals will be performed by doctors & residents from CMHS.

  • IMPORTANT 6/19 ATHLETICS MEETING: Incoming parents & students should attend the Summer Athletics Meeting at FTHS on Monday, June 19, 5-8pm for general info and team meetings.  A new parent orientation will be from 5:45-6:30pm, followed by individual team meetings at 6:30-7:15pm and 7:15-8pm. Dinner by In-N-Out will be available for purchase 5-6:30pm, pre-order your meal today! Sports physicals will also be offered on-campus 4:30-6:30pm for $25, all proceeds supporting FTHS Athletics.



Pre-order your dinners for the 6/19 meeting from the In-N-Out food truck!

$6 for a Hamburger/Cheeseburger, Chips & Drink!



TRYOUTS:  Students who are unable to participate in summer practices/tryouts will need to tryout when the season of sport begins; class schedule will be rearranged if they make the team at that time.

SUMMER PRACTICES:  Most teams will hold summer practices/tryouts, though all sports are required to have a 3-week “dead” period during the summer. This is a good time to make vacation plans.  Summer practices are not mandatory but are highly recommended and help us coordinate your initial course schedule.  Fall Sports have priority during summer if times conflict.

Girls Water Polo Summer Schedule

  • Summer Practices: June 22-July 27, Mon & Thurs, 7-8:30pm @ Buena High School pool

  • 3-week Summer Dead Period (No practices): July 31 – August 20, 2017

  • Summer League games: TBA, evenings

Winter Practice Location: Ventura Aquatic Center at Ventura Community Park, 901 S. Kimball Road

Ventura Community Park, Ventura

Link to map


Photo courtesy of City of Ventura.
Photo courtesy of City of Ventura.


 Uniforms – Laundry Care Instructions

Athletics Dept: Anthony Unchangco, FTHS Athletic Director; 805-289-0023, ext. 2309. Or Karrie Carey, FTHS Athletics Secretary; 805-289-0023, ext. 1016.