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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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.

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

Link to map


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.