Water Polo Coaching Fellowship
Silicon Valley, CA, USA


The Southern Peninsula Water Polo Foundation is pleased to offer a water polo coaching fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year, with option to begin in the summer of 2018.  The fellowship will be split into two areas.

Part 1:  The fellow will be given the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Menlo School JV Water Polo team and opportunities for assisting the boys Varsity as well as the girls Varsity (at the girls’ coach discretion).  In addition, the fellow will be the head coach of the 16U club team for the successful SoPen club program.  Menlo School hosts one of the elite high school programs in the country.  In this role, the fellow will work alongside one of the most accomplished HS water polo coaches in the US, Jack Bowen, a 2-time All American at Stanford University and alternate goalie on the 2006 US Olympic Team.  In 2017 Coach Bowen was acknowledged by USA Water Polo as the National High School Coach of the year.  Under Bowen’s leadership, the Menlo School varsity team has won 16 league championships and 5 sectional championships over the last 18 years.  Additionally, the fellow will be taught the business skills required to start and administer a high-level water polo club.  The fellowship will be based in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The water polo responsibility will be 50% of the fellowship time commitment.

Part 2:  The second 50% of the fellow’s time will be working at Menlo College.  This portion of the fellowship will most likely be as an assistant coach in the Club, Intramurals, and Recreation Sports program, although depending upon need and fit, the fellow might also be asked to serve as an assistant coach for one of Menlo College’s 16 intercollegiate athletic teams or otherwise carry out sports administration responsibilities for the College.  Menlo College, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, was founded in 1927, and is one of the most prestigious colleges in the Western United States.  It features a diverse student body from 36 different countries across the globe. Menlo College has 16 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), one of the most unique and successful conferences in the country. The GSAC is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).


  • Candidate must have played water polo for 6+ years at the school, club or professional level
  • Candidate should be a graduate of an accredited university and preferably played water polo at the university
  • Candidate should speak English.  Level of fluency is flexible based on credentials
  • Candidate should have a displayed interest in the education of youth and a temperament consistent with that responsibility
  • Candidates will be interviewed by a board of coaches, academic administrators and business professionals


Part 1:  The fellow will be primarily responsible for coaching the Menlo School’s Boys Junior Varsity Water Polo team and the SoPen Club 16U team.   Players in both programs will have several years of experience playing water polo at the high school and club level.  Fellow will be responsible for all aspects of their water polo development including: supervising practices, running film sessions, developing strategies, mentoring players, writing player evaluations and coordinating & attending tournaments.

Fellow will be responsible for aquatics operations for the facilities utilized by the Menlo School and SoPen Club, including (possibly) lifeguarding, course preparation and related activities.

Fellow will attend Southern Peninsula Water Polo Foundation Board of Director meetings as an observer and gain first hand visibility into the skills and systems required to operate a successful water polo club.

Fellow will need to be available 1:00 to 3:00 on school days to coach middle school water polo teams at Menlo School alongside Jack Bowen. This will occur December through June.

Part 2: As stated above, the fellow will most likely be as an assistant coach in the Club, Intramurals, and Recreation Sports program.  In that role, the fellow will help steer program policies and procedures to promote student growth and development, positive interpersonal

relationships, leadership skills, participant safety, healthy lifestyles, and the day-to-day management and oversight of the program.  The commitment to Menlo College will be weekdays 8:00 – 12:00.


  • Fellow will be provided one round trip airline ticket from their home city
  • Fellow will be provided housing at Menlo College, in the heart of Silicon Valley, walking distance to the aquatic facilities
  • Fellow will be provided three meals per day at combination by the College and HS for the duration of the fellowship
  • Fellow will receive an annual stipend as cash compensation.


  • International applicants are encouraged to apply
  • J-1 Visa assistance will be provided based on need


Applicants can submit applications by ...

Please complete the form below and email your resume to Jack Bowen.

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Along with completing this form, please email your resume to jbowen@menloschool.org.