The boys’ water polo game today (Oct. 16) has championship implications, as both Warren and Downey are vying for the SGVL Championship. This rivalry showdown runs a bit deeper this year, as the Bears and Vikings have brothers at the helm—Coach Edgar Villa and Coach Uriel Villa, respectively. As the saying goes, blood runs thicker than water. While this may be true, this year the rivalry takes over both!
Coach Edgar Villa began playing water polo at age 8 and played competitively until the age of 20. He won a CIF championship in ‘95 and CIF player of the year honors in ‘95.
“My siblings played and coach water polo now; we are all still heavily involved with the sport we love.”
Coach Villa’s sister, Brenda, is a 4-time Olympic medalist and won a gold medal in London. She is one of the most decorated female water polo players in our nation’s history. To say that water polo acumen runs deep in this family would be an understatement.
“I really enjoy the reward it brings to see each athlete reach and exceed their goals.”
Coach Villa takes tremendous pride in helping our athletes fulfill their potential and sharing his love for the game with our young Bears.
As for this particular match-up, he is not making any bold assertions; rather, he is going to let the rivalry play out in the pool.
“I’ve never coached against my brother, so it’s going to be exciting to see who gets the big W!”