SET Coaching Staff

 

Bradley Schumacher
SET Director

2-Time Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist
2-Time World Champion
Position: Defender
College: University of the Pacific
High School: Bowie High School

Bradley Schumacher has established himself as one of the all-time greats in aquatic sports earning two gold medals in the 1996 Olympic Games and representing the United States in water polo at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is the only aquatics athlete in the world to become a World Champion in both swimming and water polo. Bradley joins an elite group of aquatics stars that competed in both sports on the world-class level: Duke Khanamoku, Johnny Weissmuller, Bob Hughes and Matt Biondi. Bradley’s dedication to instilling his unparalleled knowledge of the sport to the athletes under his tutelage is unwavering as he governs them to compete at the next level.

He began his coaching career at the University of the Pacific, acting as Interim coach while finishing his MBA.  He brings 20+ years of coaching experience from refinement of technique in swimming, development of fundamentals of water polo, to high level tactical development.
 

Trevor Rodin
SET Administrator

Position: Defender
College: George Washington University
High School: Capistrano Valley High School

Trevor Rodin is a founding coach of SET Water Polo Club and holds highly regarded credentials at the National level as both an athlete and coach. As a student athlete, Rodin played for Capistrano Valley High School and George Washington University. At the national level, he was a defender for the US National Team East from 2005 -2007, represented the East Division in 1995 US Olympic Festival and retired from formal competition after winning the 2005 USA Water Polo Nationals. Trevor’s coaching career began at the college-level in 1996 before transitioning to his current position at the Club level in 2004, with a four-year tenure at the high school level in between. Rodin creates an athlete-centered training environment through purposeful fundamental skill development focusing on the detailed nuances of the game.

 

Ethan Damato
Technical Director, 18U Girls Head Coach

Position: Driver
College: Cuesta College
High School: Laguna Beach High School

Ethan Damato began his water polo career at Laguna Beach High School where he was a two time All CIF Player in 1999 & 2000. After graduating Damato played 2 years at Cuesta College where he was a 2 time All Conference Player. Damato became the Head Coach of Laguna Beach High School's Boys & Girls Water Polo Teams in 2008. Since taking over the Breakers have made 6 consecutive CIF Semi Final Appearances, winning CIF Championships in 2008 with the girls and in 2010 & 2011 with the boys team. Damato was named the CIF Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011. He was named OC Register Coach of the Year in 2009 & 2010. Damato joined the SET coaching Staff in 2010, he is currently the head Coach of the 16 U Girls and the Club's Technical Director. Along with coaching at LBHS & SET, Damato is also the 12th Grade U girls ODP Head Coach for the Sopac Zone and the assistant coach for the Womens Youth National Team.

 

Justin Johnson
Boys Technical Director, 12/14U Boys Director, 18U Boys Head Coach

Position: Defender
College: University of California, Los Angeles
High School: Mission Viejo High School

Justin Johnson joins the coaching staff after a lengthy international career where he played professionally in Spain for Real Canoe, Brazil for Botafogo and Australia for the Hunter Hurricanes. Justin was also a member of 2009 FINA World Championship team as well as the 2009 World League team. Prior to his professional career, Justin was a 2-time All-American at UCLA. Justin’s breadth of knowledge, both nationally and internationally, brings an invaluable perspective to the game that is evident in his coaching and the play of his athletes. 

 

Robert Hagerty
Age Group Girls Director 

Position: Attacker
College: University of Southern California

Robert Hagerty joins the coaching staff with rich history of coaching, not only in water polo, but swimming and beach lifeguarding. His college career afforded Robert the opportunity to be instructed by legendary coaches such as Peter Daland, Dave Salo and John Williams. Robert's degree Biomechanical Engineer has yielded great success from his methodical and systematic approach to the demands of engineering. His love of water polo, combined with his inherent systemic and calculated methodologies, gives Robert the invaluable ability to see the long-term benefits that stem from developing athletes with fundamentally sound skills.

 

Brian Weathersby
14U Girls Head Coach

Position: Attacker
College: California Baptist University
High School: El Toro High School

Brian Weathersby began his water polo career as a student-athlete at El Toro High School winning multiple League titles and deep-CIF finishes under legendary coach Don Stoll. As a college athlete, Brian help lead Saddleback College to Orange Empire Championship and a 4th place finish at State Finals. Weathersby finished his college career at California Baptist University where became the university's first collegiate All-American. As coach, Brian has had great success at both the Club and High School level, leading the SMCHS Girls Water Polo team to both CIF and League titles in 2013. Brain brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. 

 

Nicole Doherty
12U Girls/10U Coed Head Coach

Position: Center
College: Orange Coast College
High School: Trabuco Hills High School


Nicole Doherty is 4 year varsity letterman from Trabuco hill high school, with 2nd team All CIF 2004,05,06 and 1st team 2007. She played two years as a center at OCC. She is now a current coach for Trabuco Hills high school in water polo and swim. Nicole is the Developmental coach for SET youth water polo 10/12u. Nicole brings passion, love and a deep understanding of the sport.