Coach feature: A passion for the sport

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While this is her first year coaching Girls’ Water Polo at Armijo, Coach Sara Marin is no stranger to the sport or to coaching. “I played Division 1 water polo at University of the Pacific and I have coached for many years,” she said.

A recent college graduate, Coach Marin has helped support herself through coaching but she has also worked as an event coordinator and filled a variety of roles in marketing and sales for the University’s athletic program.

I became a coach because I have a passion for water polo and I want to help people find a sport that they enjoy immensely,” she said. Water polo is a physically challenging game, but it is fun for many people. I enjoy working with others and teaching, therefore coaching seemed to be a suitable job for me.” She said that, if she knew of someone who was interested in coaching, she would encourage them to be open-minded and willing to help others. She spends a lot of time at the Armijo swimming pool and she said that, if she could change one thing about the campus, it would be improving that facility. “Hopefully, one day,” she said.

Water Polo is more than just a game or an opportunity to direct the action. Coach Marin said that the sport itself is also her hobby. It doesn’t take up all of her time, though, and she likes to find time to travel abroad and try different foods at her overseas destinations.

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Coach feature: A passion for the sport