Chris Breitbart is responsible for bringing men’s water polo back to Sierra College beginning in 2006. He has been coaching the Wolverines’ men’s swimming team for Sierra since 2002 where he has produced more than 20 All-American swimmers and broken 17 of 18 prior school records since that time. The Wolverines have also recorded 3 top-four finishes and 6 top-ten finishes at California State Champions 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 also began in Bakersfield in 1998, where he coached swimmers of all levels. Breitbart began coaching at the community college level in 2000 and since that time he has been named Conference Coach of the Year twice following the 2004 and 2006 seasons. He looks forward to showcasing local talent and continuing to teach through swimming and water polo. He is also the Program Director and head coach for the Wolverine Aquatics Club, which offers a year round competitive swimming program to swimmers of all ages.
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.
Mrs. McKenzie joined the coaching staff of Sierra College as a parent volunteer/statistician in 2010. Her desire to be involved is rooted in her belief that coaches can best serve the athletes when coaching instead of dealing with the paperwork and admin details of running a program. She brings her organizational and communication skills to the pool deck to help keep parents involved with the program, provide administrative support to the coaches, and keep detailed game stats.
She gained her experience on the pool deck of Del Oro High School, spending 7 years as the team statistician and administrative assistant for the boys’ WP team. She is also involved with Sacramento Water Polo, now that the main practice site is in Rocklin, and travelled to Hungary in 2010 with the team. As team manager/statistician for the Sierra College Men’s team, Mrs. McKenzie retired June 2015 from Newcastle school District.
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