Dave Carlson

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Coach Dave Carlson with his winning Los Alamitos High School girls water polo team, winners of the 2020 Wolfpack Invitational Tournament including (back row) Sofia Munatones, Ashley Heeren, Joey Niz, Jennifer Connelly, Olivia Slavens, Colleen Sorenson, (middle row) Sydney Munatones, Kaelene De Bie, Isabel Valaika, Tess Ravelo, Jasmine Sandoval, (bottom row) Lindsey Harris, Shanna Davidson, Livvie Ouellette, Isabella Hill

Dave Carlson is an American high school, club and national team water polo coach and high school swim team coach at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California.


He graduated his education at California State University Fullerton earning a B.A. degree in History and then went on to receive his teaching credential in Social Science from National University.

Athletic Career

  • Carlson started his aquatics career at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, California.
  • After graduation from high school, he continued his playing career as a member of 2 State Championship Water Polo teams at Golden West College under legendary coaches Ken Hamdorf and Tom Hermstad.

Coaching Career

  • His international and national coaching career includes being a member of the USA Men’s Water Polo National Team coaching staff between 1999 and 2005, Assistant of the USA Men’s Water Polo National Youth Team 2002 and 2005, Assistant of the 2005 USA Men’s Water Polo Senior National Team 2005.
  • He served as the Head Coach of the SOCAL Water Polo Club 18U Boys & 21U Men from 2009 to the Present.
  • He is the Head Coach of the Los Alamitos High School Boys and Girls Water Polo and Boys and Girls Swim Team from 2003 to 2014.
  • His many achievements include 2-time CIF Coach of the Year, 2-time Los Angeles Times Coach of the year, 3-time Orange County Register Coach of the Year, and 12-time Long Beach Press Telegram Coach of the Year.
  • He has coached his teams to 8 National Championships, 5 State Championships, 4 C.I.F. Championships, 19 Varsity Water Polo Sunset League Championships, and 10 Varsity Swimming Sunset League Championships (5 boys, 5 girls).
  • His Los Alamitos Aquatics Foundation team won the 2021 Greater Ogden Winter Cup on 25-27 February 2021.

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