Ochsner named interim Aztec water polo head coach

SAN DIEGODana OchsnerSan Diego State’s water polo assistant coach for the past three seasons, has been named the program’s interim head coach for the 2023 campaign. The announcement was made by SDSU athletic director, JD Wicker, Tuesday morning.

“I am thrilled to have Coach Ochsner take over the leadership of our water polo program this season,” Wicker said. “Dana has worked diligently with the team over the past three years and it is evident that our student-athletes have a lot of respect for her. I look forward to the future of our water polo program as we continue to compete for conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances.”

The Oceanside, Calif. native, who competed collegially for four years in California, from 2010-2013, takes over as helm from Carin Crawford, who led the program for 24 years and retired at the end of the season. 2022.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue being part of this amazing Aztec family,” Ochsner said. “I would like to thank the research committee and in particular Jean-David Wicker and Lisa Pearson for believing in my vision of the program. Being from San Diegan, I feel a great sense of pride in the university and our community. I cannot thank my colleagues and student-athletes enough for their support as I embark on this new role, and I look forward to taking this program to new heights. They’re an exceptional group of dedicated young women, and I’m thrilled to be a part of their growth and success in and out of the pool.”

Ochsner, who was two meters in college, led a team that went 87-30 in four years and won the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship. The Bears finished third in the NCAA Tournament in its first season (2010) and runner-up in its second year (2011).

Individually, Ochsner was honored as a second-team All-American and second-team All-MPSF performer following the 2011 and 2012 seasons and in 2013 was named a third-team All-American and an honorable mention All-MPSF athlete. Additionally, in the 2013 season, she was honored to be named both team captain and most valuable player. His 40 goals in 2010 were, at the time, the sixth most scored by a freshman in Cal history and still ranks 10e highest on this list.

Ochsner was selected and competed as a member of the U.S. Women’s Cadet National Water Polo Team from 2005 to 2008 and the U.S. Junior National Team from 2009 to 2012. As a member of the United States Junior National Team, she competed and won a gold medal at the 2010 World Championships and competed at the 2011 World Junior Championships.

Professionally, Ochsner played in Seville, Spain for Club Water Polo Dos Hermanas in 2013 and 2014 and continued in 2015 with a season with UTS Balmain Water Polo Club in Sydney, Australia.

During her playing career and after its conclusion, she coached at the high school, club, and college level in the San Diego area. Beginning in 2013, Ochsner was the assistant coach for the El Camino High School men’s team and helped lead the program to three CIF-San Diego Division Division 2 playoff appearances. She added head girls coaching responsibility to El Camino in 2016 and led that team to the CIF-San Diego Open and Division 1 playoffs, which included a championship in 2019 and a semi-final in 2019.

In the summer of 2022, she guided the La Jolla United 16U club team to the top eight at the Junior Olympics. In 2017, she was named Head Girls Coach for the North San Diego Stars Water Polo Club. Under her tutelage, the U18 team has competed in the National Junior Olympic Tournament in each of the past three seasons and at Miramar College, from 2015 to 2017, Ochsner served as an assistant coach for the men’s team.

Ochsner earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from California in 2013 and a master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University in 2020. She and her husband, Joey Kienle, who is the water polo coach and a special education teacher at Clairemont High School in San Diego. , resides in San Diego.


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