Q&A with Assistant Water Polo Coach Caitlin Haskell
Haskell Joins Water Polo Staff as an Assistant Coach
Features on Caitlin
• 2014 Q&A (MGoBlue.com)
Caitlin Haskell is in her second season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan women's water polo program.
Haskell has been instrumental in the Wolverines rising to new heights. The team is ranked tied for No. 4 nationally, the highest ranking in school history. This came after capturing the CWPA title for the first time since 2010, earning an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.
Haskell came to Michigan after spending three years (2011-14) with SOCAL Water Polo, largely considered among the finest clubs in the country. Over her tenure, she quickly rose to youth girls co-head coach and was instrumental in coaching SOCAL to top finishes in the Junior Olympics and the prestigious TYR Champions Cup, including gold at the 2013 event.
She previously worked with Wolverine head coach Marcelo Leonardi as part of the Olympic Development Program, where she rose to the position of SOPAC Zone assistant coach and was selected to be the assistant coach for the USA National Development Team (8th grade and under). In 2013, Haskell was selected to serve as a primary national staff coach for the ODP Holiday Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
As a collegiate player at UC Irvine (2008-11), Haskell garnered 2011 ACWPC All-America honorable mention accolades and was a two-time Big West All-Conference second team selection (2010, '11). She wrapped her collegiate career with 118 career goals, including a career-best 41 as a junior, and still ranks 10th among UCI's all-time goal leaders. The Anteaters qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history in Haskell's senior season and captured three consecutive Big West Tournament titles (2009-11). She served as an UCI team captain as a senior.
A native of Fresno, Calif., Haskell graduated from UC Irvine in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in social ecology. As a senior, she earned ACWPC All-Academic Team honors and was named a Big West and UCI Scholar-Athlete.