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Larry Zubrin returns to the Tigers for his 10th season as head coach. In his previous nine seasons at Oxy, Coach Zubrin has helped turn the Tigers into one of the most competitive teams in the nation.
In 2011, the Zubrin helped guide the Oxy women to a SCIAC Co-Championship, the first in school history. In 2012, Oxy held the CWPA Division III No. 1 ranking for nearly one month after defeating NCAA Division I UC Santa Barbara, and finished the season with a record 22 wins.
With 151 career victories to date, Zubrin is the winningest coach in the history of the women's team at Oxy.
With the men's team in 2012, Zubrin led the men's team to the WWPA Championship Tournament for the first time in 15 years.
Hailing from Newport Beach California, Zubrin arrived at Occidental after eight years as a successful high school coach at El Modena and Laguna Beach High Schools in Orange County. Zubrin also represented United States Water Polo as the coach of the Boys and Girls Orange County Youth teams in 1999-2000 where he assisted in evaluating talent for the US National Team.
During his time at Occidental College, Zubrin has helped produce 20 different men's and 17 different women's NCAA All-Academic award winners. Additionally, six different men and seven different women have earned NCAA All-American awards during Coach Zubrin's tenure.
In addition to his role as head coach at Occidental College, Zubrin is also the head girls water polo coach at the Marlborough School in Hancock Park, CA.
A graduate of Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif., Zubrin went on to compete as a water polo player and swimmer at Golden West College and then at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he was a two-time NCAA All-American Swimmer. Prior to the start of his coaching career, Zubrin played for one season with Queensland, in the Australian National Water Polo League.
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Jon Bonefede returns to Occidental for his fifth season as an assistant water polo coach. Since joining the program, Bonefede has played an instrumental role in developing the programs goal keepers. In the past three years, under Bonafede's instruction, three different Tigers goalies have earned both All-SCIAC and All-American Honors.
Bonafede spent four years playing professionally in Australia's National Water Polo League. In 2011, while playing with the Melbourn men's team, Bonafede also coached the Melbourn women's team to a runner-up finish in the National League Championships.
Along with his coaching duties at Occidental College, Bonafede also assists Zubrin with the girls water polo team at the Marlborough School in Hancock Park, CA, as well as coaching with the Chino Hills Area Water Polo Club (CHAWP). In addtion he's spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the women's team at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, CA.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, the former Goucho goalie was the teams MVP in 2004 and an All-MPSF player. Prior to attending Santa Barbara, he spent two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College where he earned All-State and Community College All-American honors. He was also a two-time All-CIF SS player at Upland HS in Upland, CA.
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Michelle Lutz enters her first year as an assistant coach with the Occidental College men’s and women’s water polo programs.
From 2007-2011, Lutz served as the head coach for both the boys and girls water polo programs at Glendora HS. She’s been an assistant coach for the water polo Olympic Development Program for high school girls since 2010 and an age group coach with Foothill Club Water Polo since February 2012.
"I'm really thrilled to be part of Occidental's water polo coaching staff and ready to get to work with the men's and women's teams," Lutz said. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to make a strong impact on this team's future."
During her playing career, Lutz was an All-American at Mt. San Antonio College in 2008 and later played two years at Azusa Pacific University where she was the team captain in 2011.
Out of the pool, Lutz was on the Dean’s List in 2010 and 2012. She graduated from APU with a B.A. in Physical Education in July 2012.
Lutz also has experience as a swim coach. She was the assistant Glendora HS swim coach for two years and the Claremont HS junior varsity head coach for a year.
Lutz, who played high school water polo at Claremont HS, is currently working on her Master’s in Athletic Administration and Coaching at Concordia University in Irvine.
Michelle has two brothers, Erik and Noah, who played college baseball and a sister, Lauren, who swam at APU.
She resides in Claremont with her french bulldog Wednesday, her english bulldog Roxy and her cat Kiki.