SET Coaching Staff

 

Bradley Schumacher
SET Director

2-Time Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist
2-Time World Champion
Position: Defender
College: University of the Pacific
High School: Bowie High School

Bradley Schumacher has established himself as one of the all-time greats in aquatic sports earning two gold medals in the 1996 Olympic Games and representing the United States in water polo at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is the only aquatics athlete in the world to become a World Champion in both swimming and water polo. Bradley joins an elite group of aquatics stars that competed in both sports on the world-class level: Duke Khanamoku, Johnny Weissmuller, Bob Hughes and Matt Biondi. Bradley’s dedication to instilling his unparalleled knowledge of the sport to the athletes under his tutelage is unwavering as he governs them to compete at the next level.

He began his coaching career at the University of the Pacific, acting as Interim coach while finishing his MBA.  He brings 20+ years of coaching experience from refinement of technique in swimming, development of fundamentals of water polo, to high level tactical development.
 

Trevor Rodin
SET Adminitrator

Position: Defender
College: George Washington Univeristy
High School: Capistrano Valley High School

Trevor Rodin is a founding coach of SET Water Polo Club and holds highly regarded credentials at the National level as both an athlete and coach. As a student athlete, Rodin played for Capistrano Valley High School and George Washington University. At the national level, he was a defender for the US National Team East from 2005 -2007, represented the East Division in 1995 US Olympic Festival and retired from formal competition after winning the 2005 USA Water Polo Nationals. Trevor’s coaching career began at the college-level in 1996 before transitioning to his current position at the Club level in 2004, with a four-year tenure at the high school level in between. Rodin creates an athlete-centered training environment through purposeful fundamental skill development focusing on the detailed nuances of the game.

 

Ethan Damato
Technical Director, 18U Girls Head Coach

Position: Driver
College: Cuesta College
High School: Laguna Beach High School

 

Ethan Damato began his water polo career at Laguna Beach High School where he was a two time All CIF Player in 1999 & 2000. After graduating Damato played 2 years at Cuesta College where he was a 2 time All Conference Player. Damato became the Heach Coach of Laguna Beach High School's Boys & Girls Water Polo Teams in 2008. Since taking over the Breakers have made 6 consecutive CIF Semi Final Appearances, winning CIF Championships in 2008 with the girls and in 2010 & 2011 with the boys team. Damato was named the CIF Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011. He was named OC Register Coach of the Year in 2009 & 2010. Damato joined the SET coaching Staff in 2010, he is currently the head Coach of the 16 U Girls and the Club's Technical Director. Along with coaching at LBHS & SET , Damato is also the 12th Grade U girls ODP Head Coach for the Sopac Zone and the an assistant coach for the Womens Youth National Team  

Nicole Doherty
12U Head Coach

 

Robert Hagerty
14U Girls Head Coach

Position: Attacker
College: University of Southern California

Robert Hargerty joins the coaching staff with rich history of coaching, no only in water polo, but swimming and beach lifeguarding. His college career afforded Robert the opportunity to be instructed by legendary coaches such as Peter Daland, Dave Salo and John Williams. Robert's degree Biomechanical Engineer has yielded great success from his methodical and systematic approach to the demands of engineering. His love of water polo, combined with his inherent systemic and calculated methodologies, gives Robert the invaluable ability to see the long-term benefits that stem from developing athletes with fundamentally sound skills.

 
Johnathon Hewko

14U Boys Head Coach

Position: Attacker
College: University of Southern California
High School: San Clemente High School

Johnathon Hewko began his water polo career at the age of 11 in San Clemente. He played water polo at San Clemente High School, winning a CIF Championship in 1991. Subsequently, played and captained the water polo team at the University of Southern California, winning the Trojan’s first NCAA water polo championship in 1998. After college Johnathon continued to play with the New York Athletic Club winning two Sr. National Championships. While attending law school and as a practicing attorney, Johnathon assisted with coaching the Corona del Mar High School and club girls team from 2003-2009, winning 2 CIF Championships. He has many years of coaching experience and continues to play water polo with SET. Johnathon’s love for water polo has drawn him back into the water polo world full time as he now works for KAP7 and is excited to coach at a high level again.

 

Justin Johnson
18U Boys Head Coach

Position: Defender
College: University of California, Los Angeles
High School: Mission Viejo High School

Justin Johnson joins the coaching staff after a lengthy international career where he played professionally in Spain for Real Canoe, Brazil for Botafogo and Australia for the Hunter Hurricanes. Justin was also a member of 2009 FINA World Championship team as well as the 2009 World League team. Prior to his professional career, Justin was a 2-time All-American at UCLA. Justin’s breadth of knowledge, both nationally and internationally, brings an invaluable perspective to the game that is evident in his coaching and the play of his athletes.

 

Eric Nagy
16U Boys Head Coach

Position: Defender
High School: Costa Mesa High School

SET Water Polo is proud to announce that Eric Nagy has joined SET as the 16U Boys Head Coach. Eric’s commitment to fundamentals and connecting with athletes of varying levels brought the attention of Club Director, Bradley Schumacher, who recruited Eric to join the SET Coaching Staff.  "Eric is an exceptional technical coach and I have been following his teams and watching the players consistently develop the technical skills as well as instilling a love for the game.  We are excited to bring Eric into the SET Family." - B. Schumacher.  Eric has a profound passion for the game of water polo that began as a player at Costa Mesa High School where was a pivotal member of the CIF Championship Team playing goalie and eventually becoming a set defender.  After leaving OCC, Eric moved on to coaching youth and has been actively coaching youth through club and lessons for over 15 years. In the last 2 years, Eric Nagy has taken his team to back to back top 10 finishes in JO's. Last year Eric's team medaled 9 of 13 tournaments that his team competed in. Playing his team up an age level last year, Eric's team captured two gold medals in tournaments in southern and central California. Coaching is a passion for Eric and his dedication to fundamentals, personal detail, and team play is what drives his players to become top athletes in the sport of water polo.