Founder of Del Mar Water Polo Club, Brett Ormsby, was excited to return to San Diego to develop his own youth club. As one of the most accomplished and recognized players in the world of competitive water polo, Ormsby offers his club players an almost unparalleled level of water polo knowledge and experience – one that is unmatched by any other club coach in San Diego.
Ormsby was a four-time NCAA All-American and 2004 NCAA National Player of the Year while playing for perennial water polo powerhouse UCLA from 2001-2004. While still at UCLA, he helped by serving as UCLA’s Undergraduate Assistant Coach for the 2005 season. As a member of the UCLA water polo team, Ormsby recorded 240 career goals, which puts him second on UCLA’s all-time list. Ormsby, who attended Valhalla High School in El Cajon, amassed a career-high 72 goals in 2003. He followed that season up with 70 as a senior in 2004. His 2004 effort ultimately proved to be his most successful, as he and five other UCLA seniors helped UCLA earn their eighth national title.
In addition to being an integral part of his team’s success during that 2004 campaign, Ormsby was recognized for a number of amazing individual accomplishments. As well as being named the 2004 National Player of the Year, Ormsby was voted as an All-American (three first-team selections) all four years. He was also named the 2004 NCAA Final Four MVP, a four-time All-MPSF selection and was designated the conference player of the week on eight different occasions. In 2003 and 2004, Ormsby was also considered a finalist for the Peter J. Cutino Award, an honor bestowed annually to college water polo’s finest male player.
While still at UCLA,, Ormsby became a member of the 2004 United States Water Polo Olympic Team that played in Athens, Greece. While playing with fellow UCLA players Brandon Brooks and Adam Wright, Ormsby scored his first Olympic goal against powerful Hungary on August 19, 2004.
After he stopped playing competitive water polo due to injury, Ormsby continued nurturing his passion for water polo as a coach. Immediately following his remarkable college career, Ormsby became an assistant coach at UCLA. Following this, he began coaching for Los Angeles Water Polo Club where he helped the 16 and under girls team win a silver medal at the 2007 National Junior Olympics. After relocating to San Diego, Ormsby led an 18 and under boys team to the silver medal at the 2008 National Junior Olympics.
In 2008, Ormsby accepted the head water polo coaching position at Cathedral Catholic High School. The Dons Varsity team went as far as the semi-finals in the San Diego CIF Championships in only his first year. In only his second year as head coach, Ormsby and his team won the San Diego CIF Championship. Ormsby was also selected the San Diego High School Coach of Year and was the winning coach for the San Diego High School Senior All-Star water polo game. While at Cathedral, Ormsby founded the Del Mar Water Polo Club, with the goal of using his knowledge of collegiate and international water polo to teach youth players in San Diego the fundamentals used by competitive water polo players around the world.