July 30, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan water polo head coach Dr. Marcelo Leonardi announced Wednesday (July 30) the addition of Caitlin Haskell to the Wolverine coaching staff. Haskell, a former collegiate standout at UC Irvine, will assist Leonardi in the program's player development, day-to-day operation, recruiting and other areas.
"I am excited to have Caitlin join our water polo family at Michigan," said Leonardi. "She brings with her a work ethic that is unquestionable, experience as a successful Division I student-athlete, the ability to teach the technical and tactical skills as a coach and the proper understanding of what it takes to build a successful culture."
"This is a very exciting time for everyone," said Haskell. "We are ready and excited to take this program to the next level. To say that I am honored to be a part of this movement is an understatement. I cherish my relationship with Marcelo, and I can't thank him enough for giving me the opportunity to become a part of such a rich culture that U-M encompasses. I also want to thank Lisa Savoury and the rest of the athletic department for their support and making this transition an easy decision for me. "
Haskell comes 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 worked with 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.
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