Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp at Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, California
For the first time in 2013, USA Olympians Coralie Simmons and Genai Kerr are offering a Nike 5meter Water Polo Camp this coming summer at Sonoma State University. Located in the city of Rohnert Park, in Sonoma County, and only 1 hour from San Francisco this Nike Water Polo Camp is sure to be a camper favorite.
Nike 5meter Water Polo Camps provide the highest level of individualized coaching for aspiring water polo athletes. Whether you are learning the rules of water polo and how to eggbeater or preparing for college level competition, we have the best water polo camp for your skill level. Lead by USA Olympians that understand the value of balance and setting goals we help prepare young student athletes to live their dreams.
Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other players having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
- Superior instruction from USA Olympians and College Coaches
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
- Water polo specific dry-land training
- Health, Nutrition & Goal Setting Seminar
Dr. G. Edward Rudloff Pool
Campers train each day at Dr. G. Edward Rudloff Pool which has served as the home of the Seawolves since the inception of the program in 2004.
Meet your coaching staff
Coralie Simmons returns for her sixth season as head coach of the Sonoma State women’s water polo team in 2013. Previously an assistant at UCLA and the University of Hawai'i, Simmons brings a wealth of national and international experience to Sonoma State’s water polo program.
A two-time National Player of the Year at UCLA, Simmons guided the Bruins to their fourth national title in 2001 (in the inaugural NCAA title match). She was the recipient of the Pete Cutino Award, given annually to the top NCAA male and female players, and earned NCAA Tournament MVP honors.Read Full Bio
Simmons sat out the 2000 season as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, and helped the United States bring home a silver medal at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She tied for the team lead in scoring with nine goals at the Games. Simmons helped the U.S. National Team qualify for the Olympic Games in the World Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament in Italy, scoring a team-leading eight goals.
In 1999, Simmons redshirted the season to compete with the U.S. Women’s National Team. She helped the United States capture a silver medal at the Pan-American Games that summer, and Simmons became the only team member to record a goal in all six Pan-Am Games (she also led the U.S. squad with 10 total goals).
Simmons was named the National Collegiate Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998. The Hemet, Calif., native earned All-America first-team honors, All-MPSF first-team accolades and first-team National Collegiate Championship honors in 1998 when she led the team with a school-record 74 goals in 115 attempts and posted a team-best 64 percent shooting average. In the national title game, Simmons scored three goals to help UCLA defeat California (May 10, 1998).
Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport. Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships. He is one of the only athletes in history to compete internationally as a goalie and as a field player. Most recently he was named MVP of the 2012 US Open after he helped Newport Water Polo Foundation win the national championship. Genai has coached at every level, from age group to Division 1 college programs. Over the last 15 years he has run hundreds of camps and impacted thousands of lives.
Surprisingly, Genai got involved in water polo by accident, following the whistles to what he thought was a basketball game and ended up at the pool. He excelled at both water polo and basketball at Coronado High School and received a water polo scholarship to UC Irvine to play under Coach Ted Newland. Genai went on to become a NCAA All-American in 1998 and 1999 and was awarded Big West Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year his senior year.Read Full Bio
Genai remains active in his community and has become a great role model for aspiring water polo players. He has been a US Ambassador for the USADA (U.S. Antidoping Agency) since 2003 promoting clean sports for young athletes. He was a founding faculty member of the Sage Hill School where he was the Dean of Students, taught art and physical education, and started the aquatic programs. Genai has also created several community outreach programs to help mentor children in lower income households.
USA National Team
2012 US Open, Irvine, California, 1st Place - MVP
2010 Volvo Cup, Hungary, 3rd place
2009 FINA World Championships, Rome, Italy, 4th place
2009 FINA World League Super Final, Podgorica, Montenegro, 4th place
2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th place
2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 9th place
2006 ASUA Cup, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
2006 FINA World League Super Finals, Athens, Greece, 5th place
2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 7th place
2003 FINA World League Super Finals, New York, NY, 3rd place
2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 6th place
2003 U.S. Cup, Stanford, CA, United States, 2nd place
2002 FINA World Cup, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 7th place
2001 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka, Japan, 7th place
2001 World Championships Qualifier, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
1998 First Appearance on the Men’s National Team, Long Beach, CA
1995 Jr. North American Games, Calgary, Canada, 2nd place
Chelsea Hennan is back for her sixth season in 2013 as an assistant on the SSU water polo team.
A former SSU women's water polo student-athlete, Hennan was selected First Team All-American in 2005 by the American Water Polo Coaches Association (AWPCA). She was the first water polo player in school history to earn All-America status. Being an All-American was nothing new to Hennan, however, as she earned the designation at Santa Rosa Junior College as a sophomore.
Hennan left an impression on the SSU record books as well. For her career she ranks third in shot attempts and goals scored, fourth in field blocks, and seventh in steals.
In 2005, Hennan led the team in goals scored, goals per game and attempts. Eleven times she led the offense in scoring for a game. For her career she scored a team game-high in goals 19 times.