Bob Greene, the new Palo Alto boys water polo coach, is well versed in regard to local high school water polo.
He coached at Aragon for 14 years and at Serra for 13 years. Both are alma maters of his as he attended Aragon as a freshman and Serra from sophomore through senior years.
"Both schools mean a lot to me," Greene said.
Now his focus will be on creating meaning and memories at his new place of employment.
"Palo Alto has always had a great tradition in aquatic sports," Greene said. "I look forward to keeping it going, maybe even taking it to higher levels. I'm excited."
The Palo Alto swimming and diving program, coached by Danny Dye, is currently at the very highest level, an elite program in the Central Coast Section on both the boys and girls side
Water polo hasn't been at quite the same level. The 2018 team won a CCS Division I championship, the school's first in boys water polo since 1997. Bellarmine and Sacred Heart Prep have dominated the sport at the highest Open Division level.
"I want to do my best to bring the Palo Alto water polo program up to the level of the swimming program," Greene said. He coached both swimming and water polo at Aragon, had a high degree of crossover participation between the two programs, and won nine league titles.
"There's a need to have coaches involved in both programs. When you do you get better results from both. You need water polo players to provide depth on the swim team, and to be a great water polo player you have to become a better swimmer."
Greene left Serra after the 2018 season to go back east and watch his son play collegiate water polo at LaSalle.
"I'd never been able to watch him because I was so busy coaching," Greene said. "I saw 30 games of his and had the time of my life. I just wanted to be a dad in the stands. It was fantastic."
Greene returned to his San Mateo home after that 2019 season and started coaching at the Stanford Water Polo Club
"I was hooked," Greene said. "The Paly job opened up and it's like, 'I'm back.' I want to have success and I know we have a lot of young talent. We will be successful ... to what degree I don't know yet."