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By Steve Virgen | June 7, 2010
Corona del Mar High is going with a familiar face as its new girls’ water polo coach. Sam Bailey is the Sea Kings’ coach pending clearance from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, CdM Athletic Director Don Grable said Monday. Bailey, who has college coaching experience, worked as the CdM boys’ coach in 2004, and was also an assistant under former girls’ coach Aaron Chaney from 2003 to 2005. “We’re very excited to have him on board,” Grable said.
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January 22, 2013
Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Sam Bailey was honored Saturday night, receiving the Doc Hunkler Distinguished Women's Coaching Award at the USA Water Polo awards dinner in Los Angeles. The awards dinner was held in conjunction with the USA Water Polo Assembly at the LAX Crowne Plaza. Bailey was the recipient of the national award, given each year to the top women's coach in the country at the scholastic level. Bailey, in his third year coaching at CdM, has led the Sea Kings to a 62-14 overall record.
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November 1, 2011
The Corona del Mar Aquatics 14U girls' team finished fourth in the platinum division of the Evan Cousineau Cup recently. CdM participated in the tournament in support of the "Be A Hero, Become A Donor Foundation," which is designed to promote marrow, blood and organ donation to support people battling life threatening situations. CdM finished first in Saturday's bracket play in games against CHAWP and SoCal. After a tough loss to Xtreme WPC of Corona in the semifinals, CdM advanced to the third-place game against Rose Bowl WPC, falling 7-3. CdM received contributions throughout the tournament from Heidi Ritner, Maddie Musselman, Bridget Storm, Lauren Castleton, Caitlin Harvey, Isabelle Braun, Riley Gladych, Devon Cooper, Kelly Morgan, Carina Mulligan, Elizabeth McKenzie and Delaney Gendron.
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March 18, 2005
Sam Bailey, who was named CIF Southern Section Division I Coach of the Year after leading the Corona del Mar High boys water polo team to the CIF Division I semifinals, has left the school to become an assistant men's coach at Stanford. Bailey, 27, said he thoroughly enjoyed his season with the Sea Kings, during which they went 20-9. But he looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Cardinal, and head man John Vargas. Vargas coached the CdM boys program for 19 seasons before taking the Stanford job prior to the 2002 season.
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August 4, 2004
Bryce Alderton By the end of today, Corona del Mar High administrators hope to officially open up the vacant boys water polo head coaching position to interested candidates within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Corona del Mar Assistant Principal Lee Gaeta said Tuesday he was waiting on approval by the district Tuesday afternoon to advertise the position, allowing applications to flow in for a post vacated when former coach Mike Evans was fired after one year at the helm.
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By Matt Szabo | March 27, 2013
In a move that has stunned much of the Orange County aquatics community, Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Sam Bailey resigned Wednesday to take the vacant boys' and girls' water polo head coaching positions at Beckman. Bailey's resignation comes just more than a month after he guided CdM to its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title in girls' water polo. Bailey said Wednesday night that he also has accepted a social sciences teaching position at Beckman, which was the main reason for his decision.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | August 24, 2011
The CdM Aquatics boys' age-group water polo program launches next month. The head age-group coach is the person who has held the same role across the Back Bay with the Newport Water Polo Foundation for the past eight-plus years. Same guy, same role, new CdM polo shirt. Corey Delahunt is ready. "I'm really, really excited to start from pretty much the ground up," Delahunt said. "My goal is to put CdM on the map, as far as the age group program, just get them ready to play Division I water polo in college or wherever they want to play.
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October 30, 2004
Chris Yemma When most high school seniors go on senior trips abroad, they usually go to soak in the culture, sightsee and to see what life is like in other parts of the world. Thomas Pearson went to soak in the pool for eight hours a day. But not the lounge pool -- the polo pool. Pearson, a senior and team captain water polo player at Corona del Mar High, traveled to France and Italy this past summer to sharpen his polo skills for the 2004 season, his last high school season.
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September 7, 2004
Bryce Alderton With the finality that he would indeed be the Corona del Mar High boys water polo coach, Sam Bailey could fully concentrate on ways to prepare his team for the fall season. A trip to Catalina Island was first on the list. Bailey, a staunch believer in team bonding, and his players retreated to the island for a few days of running and hiking as a prelude to preseason practices that began Aug. 25. The Sea Kings hoped the preseason preparation would help them improve upon an 8-19 season a year ago that included a Pacific Coast League title and a loss in the CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinals.
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By Steve Virgen | May 10, 2013
Ross Sinclair, a former Newport Harbor High standout, has been named the girls' water polo coach at Corona del Mar High, he said on Twitter Friday afternoon. "Never thought I'd say it but honored to be the new girls head coach at @cdmaquatics," he tweeted. "time to get to work!" He also tagged CdM alumni Artie Dorr (@ArtieDorr), Tumua Anae (@tumua_AnEye) and John Mann (@bearmann4). Don Grable, the CdM athletic director, confirmed Sinclair is the coach. "We are very happy to welcome Ross to our CdM coaching family," Grable said in an email.
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By Matt Szabo | March 27, 2013
In a move that has stunned much of the Orange County aquatics community, Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Sam Bailey resigned Wednesday to take the vacant boys' and girls' water polo head coaching positions at Beckman. Bailey's resignation comes just more than a month after he guided CdM to its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title in girls' water polo. Bailey said Wednesday night that he also has accepted a social sciences teaching position at Beckman, which was the main reason for his decision.
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By Matt Szabo | February 9, 2013
Sam Bailey pulled the book from his office desk Tuesday afternoon, looking for a specific passage. The book? "The Team Captain's Leadership Manual," by Jeff Janssen. The player who the Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach felt the passage so aptly described? Senior co-captain Cassidy Papa. "No matter what obstacles, adversities or distractions might stand in their way, compelled people are going to find a way," Bailey read out loud. "They won't rest until they get the job done.
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January 22, 2013
Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Sam Bailey was honored Saturday night, receiving the Doc Hunkler Distinguished Women's Coaching Award at the USA Water Polo awards dinner in Los Angeles. The awards dinner was held in conjunction with the USA Water Polo Assembly at the LAX Crowne Plaza. Bailey was the recipient of the national award, given each year to the top women's coach in the country at the scholastic level. Bailey, in his third year coaching at CdM, has led the Sea Kings to a 62-14 overall record.
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By Matt Szabo | January 20, 2012
The tattoo on the inside of Diana Murphy's right foot means a lot. At first glance, it might seem like an act of rebellion by a teenager. That couldn't be further from the truth. The ink, which reads "Thar Gach Ni Eile," is instead a sign of solidarity. It is Irish Gaelic, and Murphy said it translates to "Family Above All Else. " Murphy's older brother, Jacob, has the same Gaelic phrase tattooed on his ribs. Her older sister, Kate, is also planning to get the tattoo.
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November 1, 2011
The Corona del Mar Aquatics 14U girls' team finished fourth in the platinum division of the Evan Cousineau Cup recently. CdM participated in the tournament in support of the "Be A Hero, Become A Donor Foundation," which is designed to promote marrow, blood and organ donation to support people battling life threatening situations. CdM finished first in Saturday's bracket play in games against CHAWP and SoCal. After a tough loss to Xtreme WPC of Corona in the semifinals, CdM advanced to the third-place game against Rose Bowl WPC, falling 7-3. CdM received contributions throughout the tournament from Heidi Ritner, Maddie Musselman, Bridget Storm, Lauren Castleton, Caitlin Harvey, Isabelle Braun, Riley Gladych, Devon Cooper, Kelly Morgan, Carina Mulligan, Elizabeth McKenzie and Delaney Gendron.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | August 24, 2011
The CdM Aquatics boys' age-group water polo program launches next month. The head age-group coach is the person who has held the same role across the Back Bay with the Newport Water Polo Foundation for the past eight-plus years. Same guy, same role, new CdM polo shirt. Corey Delahunt is ready. "I'm really, really excited to start from pretty much the ground up," Delahunt said. "My goal is to put CdM on the map, as far as the age group program, just get them ready to play Division I water polo in college or wherever they want to play.
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August 15, 2011
After an exciting win over Mira Costa High in the quarterfinal match by scores of 17-25, 25-17, 15-9, the Newport Harbor girls' volleyball team played Edison in the gold bracket semifinals of the Ann Kang Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Sailors' Sunset League rival rallied to win the first game, 25-23, and continued the push in Game 2 to win the match. An excellent Hawaiian team from Moanaloa defeated Mater Dei in the other semifinal. This created a third-place match between Newport Harbor and Mater Dei, which will be two of the top teams in the CIF Southern Section picture this season.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | May 11, 2011
Rivals came together for a special cause during Friday's Battle of the Bay boys' volleyball match at Corona del Mar High. The varsity, junior varsity and frosh-soph matches are among the highlights during the regular season for Newport Harbor and CdM. This year the Battle of the Bay was also a fundraiser for Liz Lord, a former Newport Harbor High volleyball player who was recently diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. The Sailors, with help from the Sea Kings, raised $10,000 for Lord and her medical expenses, Newport Harbor Coach Dan Glenn said Tuesday night.
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April 27, 2011
Corona del Mar High junior girls' water polo goalie Alex Musselman has verbally committed to UCLA, she confirmed Wednesday night. Musselman was the Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year this past winter for the Sea Kings. The two-year varsity starter earned a reputation as one of the best goalies in CIF, making 331 saves for the Sea Kings (21-8) and sparking the counterattack with her precise passes. She was also named the Pacific Coast League's Most Outstanding Goalie for league champion CdM, helping her team advance to the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals.
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