Our Coach2020-01-29T10:16:54-08:00

Jeremy Laster

“I coach my own kids in life every day.  I think I have learned more about how to be a coach from these life experiences than from all my water polo playing experience combined – how to deal with different personalities, how to read situations, how to push people to be their best and when to back off, how to deal with kids and parents, how to be organized, how to be prepared, and how to motivate others.”


Coach Laster brings an incredible breadth of personal playing experience to athletes under his guidance.  He represented Team USA in the 1996 Olympics and the 1994 & 1998 FINA World Championships, won gold at the 1995 US Pan American Games, and was a FINA Cup Gold Medalist in 1997. He graduated from San Clemente High School in 1992 and went on to attend Stanford University where he was two-time NCAA Champion, NCAA MVP, three-time All-American, three-time All-MPSF and an Academic All-American.  In 1995, Jeremy was the recipient of the prestigious Block “S” award, which is given to Stanford University’s Top Male Athlete.  Coach Laster is a former athlete representative for USA Water Polo, and currently serves as a Director on the USA Water Polo Board.


After the 1996 Olympic Games, Coach Laster assisted John Tanner & Ben Quittner with the Stanford Women’s team for one season, then coached for Menlo School in Menlo Park from 1999-2000.  After relocating to Southern California, he spent one year with the 14U boys at OC Water Polo Club, and subsequently transitioned to Santa Margarita Catholic High School, where he was the Head Coach for the boy’s water polo program from 2016 – 2018. In his first year at SMCHS, he earned Div II CIF Coach of the Year Honors.  In 2017, Coach Laster established AETOS Water Polo Club, and is currently shepherding the team through its third year.