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My daughter’s water polo season through Ponderosa High School and Desperados has been much more than I had hoped for under the guidance of coach Alan Miller. UCLA basketball head coach emeritus John Wooden said, “Sports do not build character … they reveal it.”
While I know this to be true from my own experiences in sports, I also know that it takes an exceptional coach to awaken a child’s self-revelation to their own character and strength. Water polo head coach Alan Miller has been this coach for my daughter.
Miller’s experience as a former UC Berkeley All-American water polo player provides depth to his coaching and skill training. He has taught my daughter that water polo requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, dedication and complete respect for authority. She has learned that for a team to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate their personal goals to the goals of the team. She knows that winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder and give more than anyone else and that losing just means you have to change.
Most importantly, she knows for certain that she is stronger than she knew she was before water polo and for this I will always be grateful.