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

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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Attention all students interested in playing sports in 2018-19:

  • 2018-19 Incoming 9th graders or transfers! If you are interested in sports at FTHS, please complete the interest form at the link below so we can contact you about summer meeting, tryouts, and programs. Check each team’s page for information on their summer program.


  • 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. 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.

  • Sports PhysicalsAs part of the athletic clearance process, students must submit a Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Clearance, dated within the past year. If your physical will “expire” during the season of sport, you will need a new physical before that season begins. Sports physicals are valid for one year, therefore we highly recommend scheduling sports physicals annually either in June or August, so you will be cleared for the entire schoolyear and the summer either prior or after.

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

Ventura Community Park, Ventura

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


 Uniforms – Laundry Care Instructions

Contact Coach Gossard:

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