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John Jacobson, MBA ’11, was named head coach for the men’s and women’s water polo programs in the summer of 2023. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Cal Lutheran Sports Information)

Alumnus named men’s and women’s water polo head coach

CLU Magazine - Fall/Winter 2023

John Jacobson, MBA ’11, is the new head coach for the men’s and women’s water polo programs.

“With the goal of developing fundamentally sound, respectful and nationally competitive water polo players, our teams will work hard in and out of the pool to represent themselves, the university and their families to the best of our abilities,” Jacobson said. “Through commitment, teamwork and training, our men’s and women’s programs will aspire to be the best in the country.”

At Cal Lutheran, Jacobson coached as a graduate assistant from 2009-11 and was a member of the coaching staff when the women’s team won the Collegiate III National Championship in 2010.

In 2013 he founded the Northwest Water Polo Club in Bellevue, Washington, where he served as executive director and head coach. He has coached over 50 USA Water Polo Academic All-Americans, and placed 15 athletes on NCAA rosters — five selected to the USA Water Polo National Team, and six named Junior Olympic All-Americans. As an undergraduate player at Whittier College, Jacobson helped his team win the 2004 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship. He was the 2005 Most Improved Player and ranked in the top five for all-time saves.