Head Women’s Water Polo and Swim Coach Jennifer Spalding begins her first season at the helm of both programs during the 2016-2017 academic year. Spalding comes to Citrus after spending five years as the Head Women’s Water Polo Coach and two years as the Head Women’s Swim Coach at nearby Chaffey College.
In water polo, Spalding led the Panthers to a 77-46 overall record and 32-10 conference record, including guiding Chaffey to the 2014 South Coast Conference Championship. Prior to taking over the head coaching duties, Spalding spent nearly a decade as an assistant at Chaffey for legendary aquatics coach Jim Dopf.
Coach Spalding began her collegiate playing career playing for Coach Dopf at Riverside City College. An All-American goalie, Spalding held take the Tigers to the State Championships both of her seasons in goal, and was named the Conference Player of the Year and an All-State selection. After Riverside, Spalding transferred to the University of California Irvine, where she finished out her collegiate career.
In addition to her time at Chaffey, Spalding has spent time as a coach at Don Lugo and Norte Dame High Schools as well as in the club scene at Arlington, Riverside, and Foothill Water Polo Clubs.
Coach Spalding will also serve as a full-time faculty member in the Citrus College Kinesiology Department.