Feature: 2013 Graduate Morgan Olson-Fabbro Returns as JV Water Polo Coach
Morgan Olson-Fabbro has returned to the M-A athletic program after graduating with the class of 2013. Olson-Fabbro, the 2013 MVP of the Pacific Athletic League and the Bears’ leading set player during his senior year, is back to coach the JV team. Olson-Fabbro will coach as a part of a gap-year before hopefully furthering his own water polo career at a University of California campus.
For Fabboro, the prospect of coaching “has always been a real inspiration.”
The opportunity to coach during the upcoming season is a step in the right direction for Olsen-Fabbro, as his “dream [ultimately] is just to coach water polo.”
However since he wants to continue in the sport himself, Olsen-Fabbro also loves how he can increase the younger Bears’ knowledge of water polo and his own understanding simultaneously. He explains that coaching will be beneficial for him personally because, ”[it] gives you a totally new level of the sport.”
Olson-Fabbro believes he can be a good coach because he too was once in the JV players’ shoes. He notices that the boys make the same mistakes as he did, and he is looking forward to watching the boys grow up throughout the season, since he practiced with some of them just last year.
Thus far, his favorite part of coaching has been seeing such improvement take place: “that’s what it’s all about.”
Since it is only the beginning of the season, he has mostly seen improvement in the boys’ fitness and form when doing push up and sprints. However he also loves “teaching them their shot,” because he has noticed that just a bit of advice can go a long way.
As the season progresses, Olson-Fabbro’s main goal for his JV players is to, “Beat Menlo,” the boys’ number one competition and 2013 rival. The boys are off to a fantastic start of the season, as they beat Menlo by two points in their first game.
Olsen-Fabbro says that after college he wants water polo to continue to be part of his life. Although he doesn’t know yet, playing professionally in Europe or more coaching may be in his future. He does know, however, that he will return to Spieker Pool next season whenever he is home to cheer on the Bears.