DACA Coaching Staff

 

Ben Vierra - Director, 14 & Under Boys Head Coach, 10 & Under Head Coach

 

bvierra@daca.org

 

Coach Ben Vierra brings an enthusiasm to the water polo staff that makes him a coaching standout. He has seen success at the high school level working with both men's and women's programs. Under Ben's leadership, the Live Oak High School women's team captured the BVAL League Championship and went on to compete in the CCS Championship playoffs. Following his success at Live Oak, Ben took leadership of the men's program at Independence High School, where he steered the team to an 8 - 2 record, a BVAL League Championship, and CCS Playoff appearance. He is now working as the Head coach of the Monta Vista Men’s water polo program. Nationally, Ben has been involved with the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program; he is currently the coach for the Pacific Zone Development team.

A standout athlete himself, Ben helped Live Oak High School to the 1997 CCS Water Polo Championship title before taking his talents to West Valley College. While at West Valley, Ben was a critical element in two Northern California Water Polo Championships, and a 2nd place finish at the California's State Community College Championship. He then continues his career at California State University - Chico, completing his bachelor's degree in History and playing on the Chico State club team.

Ben has been working with the DACA Water Polo Program since its inception in 2009. His enthusiasm, dedication, and experience have made him an asset to the DACA staff and one of the best coaches in the area.

Jerome Chung - 12 & Under Boys Head Coach


Coach Jerome has been teaching and coaching at Lynbrook High School since Fall 2000.  He has coached JV and Varsity levels for both Boys and Girls.  Jerome has won multiple league championships and coached several athletes who have gone on to play at the collegiate level.
Coach Jerome has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and works at Lynbrook High School in the Special Education department working with kids with learning disabilities.  Recently, as the Head coach of the 12 Under Boys program in 2015, Jerome steered the boys to a Silver Medal in the Junior Olympics! Jerome’s coaching style and expertise is a valuable addition to the DACA water Polo family.

 

 

Doug Leresche - High School Boys Head Coach

Coach Doug came to California from his hometown of Zimbabwe.  There he attended Prince Edward High School where he won State and National Championships from 2001-2004. When he got to the states he attended West Valley College where he earned an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts.  Doug played for Coach Bruce Watson and was named captain of the 2008 team that went on to become State Champions! After West Valley, Coach Doug received a scholarship to Cuny Queens College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Politics and was Captain of his 2010 Water Polo team.
As a coach, Doug has been involved with the game for over 13 years. From 2002-2004 he coached at Prince Edward High School in Harare, Zimbabwe. In 2005 he coached at the Kings School in Sydney Australia.  From 2007-2010 he coached for West Valley Water Polo in Saratoga California.  From 2010 to the present he has been coaching Men’s water polo at Willow Glen high school where he has built an outstanding program and reputation, finishing in the CCS quarter finals in 2010 and 2014.