Spring 2009 marks Breitbart’s seventh year coaching the Wolverines’ mens swimming team at Sierra College. Over the path five years Sierra has produced more than 20 All-American swimmers and broken 17 of 18 prior school records. The wolverines have also recorded two top-four finishes and four top-ten finishes in California as well as an individual state champion in 2004.
Breitbart has a long history of success in swimming. He graduated from California State University, Bakersfield where he was an NCAA National Champion and All-American. His coaching career began in Bakersfield in 1998, where he coached swimmers of all levels. Breitbart began coaching at the community college level in 2002 and since that time he has been named Conference Coach of the Year twice following 2004 and 2006 seasons. He looks forward to showcasing local talent and continuing to teach through swimming and water polo.
Bruce Hastie joined the Sierra College Aquatics staff during the 2009 season applying his extensive knowledge of water polo to help develop the skill level of the Wolverine Men’s team. Under his co-leadership with Breitbart, the Wolverines have achieved two 3rd place back to back wins at NorCals in 2010 and 2011. Promoting a training regimen to work hard and “honor the game” Hastie has garnered respect for the Sierra College Water Polo program throughout the Conference. He has spent many years on the pool decks of Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Nevada counties as both a coach and referee for local high school water polo. Like Breitbart, Hastie believes in promoting local talent and building a team comprised of high school athletes from the surrounding areas. Two of these athletes received All American awards in 2011.
Hastie has been the program director and head coach of Sacramento Water Polo since 1982 when he founded the club to help grow the sport of water polo in the Sacramento area. In addition to Sierra College, Hastie has held the following Head Coaching positions: Jesuit Water Polo 1990-2007 (6 CIF Section Championships), Jesuit Swimming 1990-2002 (7 CIF Section Championships), and the USA Junior National Team from 1995-1998 (Gold Medalists 1996-1998). He has travelled extensively promoting water polo world -wide, including the organization of trips to Hungary for his SacPolo club members for the past 10 years where they practice and compete against European teams.
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