Girls Varsity Water Polo · Girls Varsity Water polo coach interview: John Pringle

How did you get involved in sports?
My parents got me involved with sports at a young age. I played all of typical sports, such as soccer, baseball and basketball.

How long have you been involved in sports?
Pretty much my entire life.

What interested you in water polo?
I found out about water polo through my oldest sister. During her freshman year of high school, she joined the swim team and wanted me to get involved. She would take me to swim practices with the high school team and I met the coach. He invited me to water polo practice and I was immediately hooked. I was 10 years old at the time.

How long have you coached the team?
This is my fourth year at La Serna, but I’ve been coaching for 15 years.

Do you know any pro athletes?
Yes! Cristian Roldan of the Seattle Sounders was a student in my English class at El Rancho. He won multiple CIF Championships, CIF Player of the Year and Gatorade National Player of the Year awards. He then went to University of Washington on a scholarship and was drafted by the Sounders after his second year of school. His brother, Alex, also plays for the Seattle Sounders.

What are your greatest strengths as a coach?
My greatest strength stems from my preparation. I always go into practice and games with a plan and goals, both personally and for the team.

A weakness of mine comes from my emotion, which sometimes clouds my judgment.

What do you teach here?
I teach sophomore English, but I’ve also taught seniors. This is my fourth year at La Serna and my 13th year teaching overall.

What can you say about those years in one sentence?
In my short time here at La Serna, I have achieved major professional and personal goals, and I realize they could not have been fulfilled without my family, the people I work with and the students I teach and coach.