'Rookie' coach has Stanford water polo team unbeaten

Mark Hernandez is in his first season as a coach for the Stanford Water Polo Club girls' program. Hernandez, however, is the longtime coach at Gunn High and is far from being a rookie when it comes to aquatic sports.

Despite competing in the lower Challenge Division of the 43rd annual Junior Olympics, Hernandez has his Stanford U16 White team undefeated after four matches.

There's still a long way to go in the four-day tournament, billed as the world's largest for water polo. Hernandez and his team will be back in the pool on Saturday at San Jose State to see if they can improve upon their 4-0 mark after the first two days.

Stanford 16U White held off Lamorinda, 5-2, and escaped with a 6.3 o 6.0 shootout win over Legacy on Friday.

Final-round action will be highlighted by medal matches in the championship division on Sunday at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.

43rd annual Junior Olympics

Friday's results

(Stanford Water Polo Club)

Girls 18U

Huntington Beach Blue d. Stanford Red, 12-7

Santa Barbara A d. Stanford Red, 14-6

LA Water Polo Club d. Stanford Red, 10-9

(Stanford Red is 2-3)

SAC Polo 6, Stanford White 5

Stanford d. Scripps, 8-4

(Stanford White is 3-1

Girls 16U

Stanford Red d. 680 A, 8-7

Commerce d. Stanford Red, 10-7

(Stanford Red is 3-1)

Stanford White d. Lamorinda, 5-2

Stanford White d. Legacy, 6.3 to 6.0 (shootout)

(Stanford White is 4-0)

Stanford Black d. Buena, 6-2

Stanford d. SC Titan Rose, 5-0

(Stanford Black is 3-2)

Girls 14U

International Red d. Stanford Red, 6-3

Stanford Red d. Santa Barbara B, 10-6

(Stanford Red is 3-2)

Stanford White d. American River B, 6-5

Trojan d. Stanford White, 6-4

(Stanford White is 2-2)

Girls 12U

Stanford Red d. San Jose Almaden, 13-4

Lamorinda d. Stanford Red, 11-5

(Stanford Red is 2-2)

Co-ed 10U

Thunder d. Stanford Red, 9-2

Bakersfield d. Stanford Red, 7-3

(Stanford Red is 0-4)

— Palo Alto Online Sports


Posted by Gunn Alumni, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Congrats to the fantastic Coach and team!

Posted by bob, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 5, 2012 at 4:36 am

he is the assistant coach, I am confused why an article was written about him...

Posted by Cal, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

No one likes a sour grape, bob.

Posted by Keith Peters, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Mark is the head coach of the 16U White (B) team and an assistant on the 16U Red (A) team

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