Canyon Crest Academy Boys Water Polo starts the 2014 season with a new head coach. Tyler Ormsby takes over the program at CCA after a standout 2013 season for the Ravens. Coach Ormsby brings with him a wealth of experience as both a player and coach.
Ormsby was a CIF All San Diego Section First Team player at Valhalla High School where Ormsby earned four letters in water polo with 279 goals, scoring 125 as a senior. He signed with UCLA out of Valhalla High School before redshirting his first year for the Bruins. Ormsby transferred to Grossmont College. As team captain for the Griffins, Ormsby led Grossmont to a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title in 2011, earning All-America and all-league honors. He finished his collegiate career at D-1 powerhouse University of Pacific. Ormsby coached club water polo with Premier Water Polo in Los Angeles. Commenting on his coaching philosophy, Ormsby said “I believe strongly in developing team-oriented players. While individual success is paramount, unless it is used to better the team it is diminished exponentially.”
Ormsby comes from a water polo pedigree. His father, Greg, is a longtime San Diego water polo player and coach. Greg Ormsby coached at Hilltop and Poway high schools, in addition to becoming an assistant coach for the U.S. Cadet and Junior National teams. Greg Ormsby is now manager of the Del Mar Water Polo Club with his oldest son Brett.
Brett Ormsby is head water polo coach at Cathedral Catholic High School. Brett is founder and head coach of Del Mar Water Polo Club, one of the best age group water polo programs in Southern California. Both Brett and his wife Thalia were National Team players and both played on the U.S. Olympic Team. Ormsby’s sister, now a teacher at Granite Hills High School, was also a stand out collegiate soccer player.
Ormsby takes over the Ravens after graduating 13 seniors from the 2013 squad. When asked about a “rebuilding year” for the team, Ormsby said “With so many graduating seniors last year many people might think we are rebuilding. However, I believe we have the talent and the will to succeed to have a great 2014 while also building for the future.” Ormsby looks to build this year with leadership in and out of the water from senior Team Captains Spencer Wiggins and Roland Yu and returning junior starter Beau Carlborg.
“I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to coach at Canyon Crest Academy and look forward to a great season” said Ormsby.
The Ravens have already proved to be a team to watch in 2014. CCA beat Palomar League and preseason ranked Mount Carmel in an impressive win in the 2014 Poway Invitational. CCA Water Polo looks to build on its success targeting a run at the 2014 CIF championships.