Stephen Plescia

Head Women's 16U Coach


I was born in Florida, but lived up and down the east coast/midwest during my youth (North Carolina, Michigan, and Illinois), before moving to California. I played and participated in a variety of sports including, swimming, baseball, soccer, and basketball. I also raced BMX for several years. I was not an All-American, but am very patriotic nevertheless. As an adult I have played in dozens of basketball leagues, and have more recently dabbled in water polo.


Prior to attending Western Illinois University where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree I worked at a summer camp for under-privileged boys as the waterfront director, teaching swimming, and maintaining safety of the waterfront. It was partly this experience that sparked an interest in working with and coaching youth. I have been a Substitute teacher for the Sacramento Unified School District since 2001, teaching in grades K-12, but primarily in middle and high school. I started coaching youth sports in 2001; including (boys and girls) middle school basketball, and soccer. I have been coaching water polo at CK McClatchy for 5 years. The first years with the men's team, before moving over to the women's side.


I have been with AR since 2006 when both my children joined the club, first as a parent and then in winter 2008 as a coach. I fell in love with the game seeing it as a great tool to teach youth about the value of hard work and the benefits of teamwork. Through the club I participated in the PACE coaching clinic, and have always enjoyed learning from and exchanging ideas with the other members of the AR staff. Although I have not officially been a water polo athlete my many years of experience in a variety sports and in education has given me a solid foundation and understanding of what it takes to play and how to coach youth positively in any sport. I believe that coaching, like playing is a learning journey where you never arrive at the end. I strongly believe in the life lessons that participating in sport, and on a team provide beyond winning and losing. I believe that I have been able to provide a positive fun learning experience for the athletes I have coached and am fortunate to have coached along side the other dedicated AR staff.

 Striving to instill discipline, teamwork, commitment and confidence
in our athletes.

American River Water Polo Club

 A Non-Profit
Water Polo Club