Kimball High’s boys water polo team starts the 2014 season with a new coach, Berrie DeLange.
DeLange, 57, comes to the team with coaching experience that includes serving as team manager for the University of the Pacific Tigers and then as a coach at St. Mary’s High in Stockton until 2010.
His experience as a player goes back to his youth in his native Holland, where he competed around Europe with club teams. Aside from coaching, he is a physical therapist at Sutter Health.
He takes over for former coach Erin Mann, who started the Jaguar water polo program in 2009. The girls coach is still Matt Gumpert, who joined the program as an assistant coach in 2010.
DeLange hopes to see the boys team be successful after the Jaguars went 13-12 and 0-6 in the Valley Oak League in 2013, the second winless year in a row for Kimball’s boys in the VOL. His goal now is to make sure the players are in shape and keep building their strength.
“We’ve worked over the summer and tried to get some swimming in. The last two weeks, we’ve done a lot of conditioning,” he said.
DeLange added that the players are skilled in all of the positions.
“This year they should be better, because they’re more complete,” he said, adding that he also saw the potential for players to improve their speed. “They look like they have a lot of fun, and they look like they’re going to be fine.”
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