Ryan Bailey should be a can't-miss guy on the Corona del Mar High pool deck this year.
Sure, it helps you stand out in a crowd when you're 6-foot-6. But Bailey, the former UC Irvine standout and three-time Olympian, has the water polo credentials to match.
CdM Coach Barry O'Dea said Tuesday that Bailey will be assisting this year with the Sea Kings, who have a scrimmage at Back Bay rival Newport Harbor today at 4 p.m.
"It was a fateful kind of thing," said O'Dea of getting Bailey, who started working with CdM Thursday. "We ran into each other two weeks ago and started talking. We were training for a day over at Newport, and he was doing a private lesson with another kid. He didn't go back to Europe to play [this year], and he was around."
Bailey, 35, is a big addition at Corona del Mar. The four-time All-American center with the Anteaters went on to become a force at two meters for over a decade for the U.S. men's national team. He helped Team USA win the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.