Coaching Squad – Girls Team

Eric Rise

Eric Rise ( has been the head coach of the SJA Water Polo Club and Leland High School girls varsity team for the past 10 years.  During his tenure, his SJA teams have placed in the top 20 nationally.  Eric led his Leland High School girls varsity water polo team to its first CCS section championship.  He graduated from Westmont College with a BSW in mathematics and science and finished his masters degree in education from San Jose State.

Tony Samson

Tony Samson ( has been a coach at SJA Water Polo for the past 3 years. He is also the Willow Glen varsity girls coach. He is a former SJA Water Polo Club player and played at DeAnza College. Tony was a first team All Mercury News athlete for Pioneer High School. Tony lead the U16 girls team to a 22nd national ranking. He has over ten years of playing and coaching experience and was recently named the Varsity coach for Willow Glen High School.

Abbie McGarvey

Alyssa Ross is joining us this summer and will be coaching our 10u’s.

Alyssa has many years of club and college playing experience. We are very excited to be adding her to our team and looking forward to a great summer!