WHITTIER, Calif. – It was announced Monday by Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman that David Kasa will become the new Whittier College Director of Aquatics and Head Men's and Women's Water Polo coach.
"David brings a wealth of experience with him to Whittier and that includes his time as a student at San Diego State, and as an assistant coach and interim head coach at Long Beach City College," Coleman explained. "He has a gift of connecting with people which will translate well with recruiting and developing student-athletes in and out of the pool."
"I believe David will continue to build off of the great work of coach Pudwill by developing young men and women to be successful in all parts of their lives."
Prior to Whittier Kasa served fifteen seasons as an assistant coach at Long Beach City College. He also served as the interim head coach for all aquatics programs at the college during the 2015-16 academic year as Chris Oeding was on sabbatical leave with the USA Women's Water Polo team as they got ready to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Kasa has played a key role in the success of the LBCC aquatics program since his arrival and served as the primary coach for the men's water polo team. He and Oeding combined to win seven state championships overall (Men: 2006, 2007, 2013, 2015; Women: 2003, 2004, 2007).
He was named the South Coast Conference men's water polo Coach of the Year nine times (2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) after leading the Vikings to 12 conference titles. He was also named the SCC men's swimming and diving coach of the year in 2011.
Kasa was also an assistant coach at Orange Coast College for one season in 1999. He also served as head coach for the boy's and girl's water polo and swimming teams at Canyon High School for three years (1997-2000), and while at Canyon, he was twice named Century League Coach of the Year.
His coaching experience also extends to the club level. From 1996-99, Kasa was head coach of the ORCA club team and led the squad to back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999.
As a player, Kasa earned All-American, All-Southern California, and All-Orange Empire Conference honors in 1994 for Orange Coast. In his freshman season in 1992, Kasa was a member of Golden West College's state championship squad. He then transferred to San Diego State where he graduated with a B.A. in History.
During his prep career at Canyon, Kasa twice earned All-CIF honors and three times was named All-Century League. He was a member of the 1991 U.S. national youth team and in 1988 earned Junior Olympic All-American honors.
"I am very excited to be joining the team at Whittier College and look forward to the challenge of building on the successes of this program, stated Kasa." Not only am I excited for the opportunity to coach at the Division III level and within the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), I am also excited for the challenges of recruiting, developing student-athletes, and representing Whittier College."