Northwest Water Polo Club Coaches
Amy Carlson - HS Girls and Goalies
Coach Amy began playing water polo at Samena when she was 9 years old. At Newport High School Amy was voted team MVP and Captain, earning first team all-state honors all four years as well as state MVP during back-to-back state championship seasons. After high school, Coach Amy attended Golden West College before transferring to the University of Hawaii. At Hawaii Amy was a two-year starter and a member of the 2013 Big West Championship team. Senior Year Amy was voted captain and named second team all-conference. After graduating from UH with a BA in Sociology, Amy played professionally in Spain and coached youth polo before returning to the PNW. Amy is also the head coach of Sammamish/Interlake Boys Water Polo team.
Adam Jacobson - 14u Boys and dry land/weight training
Coach Adam grew up playing water sports since age 6. A triple sport athlete at Mercer Island high school lettering in water polo, swimming, and soccer Adam's awards include a team state championship with MIHS swim and water polo and a 2nd place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. In soccer, Adam was a four-year letterman , placing three out of the four years in the all-league selection team and was voted team MVP. Senior year, Adam earned the Brett Storie scholarship, for the aquatic athlete who exemplifies “inspiration, enthusiasm, drive and focus, sportsmanship, and self-improvement” and the United States Marine Core distinguished athlete award for the HS athlete who best displays “courage, poise, self-confidence, and leadership”. Coach Adam also runs dry land and weight conditioning programs for NWPC athletes.
John Jacobson - Executive Director
Coach John started playing water polo at age 12 for the MICC. At Mercer Island High School John was a team MVP and captain, earning all state-selection honors while winning four State Championships. John went on to play for Whittier College, helping WC earn its first SCIAC conference championship in 2004. John graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Business Administration, going on to earn his M.B.A as the graduate assistant coach at California Lutheran University from 2009-2010. In addition to coaching CLU, John was a coach for 12u and 14u programs at South Coast Aquatics. John comes to Northwest from Rain City where he helped increase membership and revenue over 200% through the creation of new programs and athlete development between 2011-2013.
Jacob Millican - HS Boys and Girls
Coach Jacob played water polo for Bainbridge Island, earning 1st Team All-State Honors in 1993 and 1994. He played Division I water polo for UMass, helping them earn a 4th place finish at NCAA's in 1995. In 1999, during his study abroad, he played for the Universidad de los Andes as they achieved a 6th place finish at Venezuelan Nationals. Jacob served in the US Army from 1999-2004 and eventually made his way back to the Pacific Northwest where he served as the head coach for Bainbridge Water Polo Club from 2012 - 2015. He is currently a middle school teacher in Everett and the head coach of Inglemoor High School Boys and Girls Water Polo.
Blake VanHartesvelt - HS Boys
Coach Blake began playing water polo at age 10 for MIBC. A stand out player for Washington Water Polo Club and Mercer Island High School, Blake earned First-Team All-State honors and served as co-captain for MIHS, winning 4 WA state championships while being a member of the 16u Washington Water Polo team that placed second at the 2004 Junior Olympics. At the University of Redlands Blake helped guide the Bulldogs to a SCIAC league championship while garnering All-Conference recognition his junior year, 1st team All-Conference, WWPA Player of the Week and 1st Team All-American his senior year. Prior to coaching at Northwest Blake served as Head Boy's and Girl's Water Polo and Swim coach at Rancho Mirage High School in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Vee Valle - 12u/14u Boys and Girls / Goalies
Coach Vee grew up playing water polo in southern California. Native of San Diego, Vee started playing at the age of 7 with Mira Mesa College. From there she played club polo for San Diego Shores, attending several Junior Olympics. As a player for Mar Vista High School coach Vee earned rookie of the year honors, coaches award and back to back MVP's. Vee was a team captain all four years of high school, leaving Mar Vista with the most five meter blocks in program history, earning several athlete of the week and all-conference honors.
All Northwest Water Polo Club coaches are USA Water Polo certified. USAWP certification requires coaches to pass a background check, concussion/head injury competency test, and be Red Cross First Aid/CPR certified. In addition to USAWP certification NWPC requires all their coaches to be Red Cross certified lifeguards. For more information about USAWP coaching requirements click here.