OUAZ Director of Athletics Kevin Steele has selected Logan Powell as the new head coach of the OUAZ men's and women's water polo programs.
Powell will begin his new role as the second head coach in the history of the programs on Jan. 11.
"It is a great privilege to introduce Logan Powell as the new OUAZ men's and women's head water polo coach," Steele said. "Logan brings a wealth of experience, both as an elite player and national champion, All-American, and captain of his UCLA water polo team and as a successful coach in San Clemente with his club and high school programs."
Powell will join the OUAZ family from San Clemente, California, where he was the head coach of the boys and girls water polo teams at San Clemente High School.
In four seasons leading the boys, the team won three league titles and reached the CIF Finals in 2019. His 10 seasons coaching the girls team saw them win seven league titles, make four trips to the CIF Finals, and win one CIF Championship.
"I feel blessed that I have been selected as head coach of the men's and women's water polo programs at OUAZ," Powell said. "I am looking forward to becoming a part of the OUAZ family and working to continue to build two strong, successful water polo programs. I want to thank Kevin Steele and the leadership at OUAZ for trusting in me and giving me this amazing opportunity."
"Throughout the exhaustive search process, Logan continually rose to the top of the stack. He and his young family will not only fit right into our OUAZ Athletics family but will bring great enthusiasm and innovation to our water polo programs," Steele added. "It is clear that the Lord is continuing to work in Coach Powell's life and he will be a talented leader whom our student-athletes will have the opportunity to grow under his tutelage. We are excited to see the growth in our young water polo programs and the successes that lie ahead under Logan's leadership."
Along with coaching at San Clemente High School, Powell was club director for the SC Tritons Water Polo Club. His leadership grew the club from 12 initial members in 2012 to over 150 members last year. His role included running the day-to-day operations of the club, managing the staff, schedules, and budgets.
Powell was named the 2011 CIF Coach of the Year and he received the USA Water Polo (USAWP) Brent Bohlender Award for Girls Development in 2017 and the USAWP Bill Barnett Distinguished Coaching Award in 2018.
During his collegiate career at UCLA, Powell helped the Bruins win the 2004 NCAA National Championship. He was named honorable mention All-American in 2005 and Second Team All-American in 2006 while serving as team captain. Powell scored a team-best 34 goals as a senior and had 88 goals in his UCLA career.
Powell graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in political science. He and his wife, Emilee, are the parents of two sons, Henry and Lewis.