DACA Coaching Staff
Coach Larry Rogers joins the DACA Staff with over forty years experience as one of the most prolific swimming and water polo coaches in the country. As both Head Swimming and Water Polo Coach since 1981, Larry has led Bellarmine College Preparatory to 21 Water Polo and 28 Swimming Central Coast Section titles. Under his leadership, the water polo program at Bellarmine has compiled a 759 - 187 record, while capturing four High School Mythical National Titles (1983, 1990, 1991, and 2003), while the swimming program has been equally successful, with a 263 - 24 record and a High School Mythical National Title in 2009. The Bellarmine swimming program has finished as one of the top 10 high school programs in the country every year since 1993. During Larry's tenure at Bellarmine, he has coached 383 student-athletes to All - American honors, including 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist Pablo Morales.
Larry's success has been recognized many times by his coaching peers. He has been named the Central Coast Section Boy's Water Polo Coach of the Year 24 times and Boy's Swimming Coach of the year 29 times, including every year since 1985. He has twice been named the California Coaches Association Water Polo Coach of the Year (1987 and 2003), and three times the Northern California Water Polo Coaches Association Water Polo Coach of the Year (1987, 1989, and 1990). He has also been recognized nationally, garnering National High School Water Polo Coach of the Year honors in 1989 and 2003, and the National Interscholastic Coaches Association Coach of the Year, also in 2003.
Prior to Bellarmine, Larry was Head Water Polo Coach from 1971 - 1981 and Head Swimming Coach from 1975 - 1981 at Monta Vista High School, earning Northern California Aquatic Federation Water Polo Coach of the Year honors in 1975. He also served as the Head Coach of the De Anza Water Polo Club from 1981 - 2010 before joining the DACA Staff.
Larry has been active on the national and administrative scenes as well, serving as an Assistant Coach for the USA Water Polo's National Junior Team from 1988 - 1992, and Head Coach from 1992 - 1997. He has also served as the Northern California representative on the American Swim Coaches Association All-American Committee, and on the National Inter-Scholastic Federation for Water Polo Rules since 1976.
A graduate of San Francisco State University, he was a standout swimmer. While earning his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Larry broke school records in multiple events, including the 500, 1000,
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 alongside his father, fellow DACA coach Don Vierra as coach of the Monta Vista High School women's swimming and water polo teams. Nationally, Ben has been involved with the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program, both as an assistant coach for the 16U Team and on the staff at the 14U National team Selection Camp.
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 before signing on as the CSU - Chico men's assistant coach.
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.
Coach Kevin Paulsen brings both collegiate and professional experience to the DACA water polo staff. A 2001 NCAA All-American and Western Water Polo Association MVP, Kevin stood out as the goaltender for Loyola Marymount University. A 2001 NCAA All - American and Western Water Polo Association MVP, Kevin stood out as the goaltender for Loyola Marymount University. His collegiate success parlayed into a professional career in Australia with the Hunter Hurricanes of the Australian National Water Polo League.
Since returning from Australia, Kevin has embarked on a coaching career with excellent results. Since 2006, Kevin's high school athletes have been named "All - League", while others have earned "Most Valuable Goalie" distinction. In 2007, he was named BVAL Division Coach of the Year. Currently, Kevin serves as assistant coach for the girl's water polo and swimming teams at Sobrato High School. As a high school athlete himself, Kevin was dominant, earning MVP and All - American honors in 1998, and leading Live Oak High School to the Division 1 CCS Water Polo Championship in 1997.
As a coach, Kevin enjoys watching his athlete's progress and come together as a team, and seeing the confidence gained from teamwork and athletic development transfer to all areas of their lives.