South Peninsula Water Polo Foundation (SOPEN) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that was founded to teach and promote the sport of water polo among youths in the California high school/middle school communities of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. SOPEN is a proud member of USA Water Polo (club # 1417) of the Pacific Zone (Zone # 6). SOPEN is committed to offering a high quality training program that is fun and challenging in a positive coaching environment where players can attain their maximum potential.
About Coach Jack
Jack graduated from Stanford University with Honors in Human Biology and went on to earn a Masters in Philosophy with an emphasis in Sport Ethics, graduating summa cum laude from California State University, Long Beach. He has published four books, his most recent being, “Sport, Ethics and Leadership,” (Routledge, 2017) and others including, “If You Can Read This: The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers” (Random House, 2010), a philosophical novel, “The Dream Weaver” (Penguin, 2008) and a college-level philosophy textbook.
While at Stanford, Jack was a 2-time All-American water polo player and NCAA MVP and the alternate goalie on the 2006 Olympic Team.
He has coached water polo at Menlo School for the past 18 years, winning the league championship 15 times and the section championship 5 times. In 2011, he was named by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) as a National Award Winner, then named in 2016 as one of 13 CIF Model Coach Award Winners and, in 2017, was selected by USA Water Polo as the National High School Coach of the Year. He teaches philosophy and ethics at Menlo School and serves as their College Athletics Counselor and also writes a sports ethics blog for the Positive Coaching Alliance as well as the University of the Pacific's Institute of Sports Law and Ethics.