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M-A Hires Lauren Lesyna as Head Varsity Girls Water Polo Coach

ATHERTON, CA (June 3rd, 2019) — Menlo-Atherton High School is proud to announce the hiring of Lauren Lesyna as the new head coach of the women’s varsity water polo team as well as a biology teacher.

Lesyna brings to the program over 5 years of experience coaching for Stanford Water Polo Club and Gunn High School. Graduating from Gunn in 2013, she was team captain and Most Valuable Player of the varsity squad her senior year and earned multiple All-SCVAL and All-CCS honors throughout her four years as a varsity starter.

While completing her Associate’s degree at Foothill College, she led her team to a fourth-place finish at the CCCAA state championship tournament while earning All-American honors. She is a two-time Foothill scholar-athlete.

She continued her water polo career at the University of California, Davis, where she scored five goals in UC Davis Water Polo Club’s 9–8 victory over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to clinch the 2017 National Collegiate Club Championship title and the Player of the Game award. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development.

Lesyna began her coaching career at her alma mater, Gunn High School, where she served as the Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant for 4 seasons. She led her junior varsity teams to winning records all 4 years, and assisted the varsity squad to win multiple SCVAL Championships and to an appearance at the CCS Championship Final. She also coached for Stanford Water Polo Club for 4 years, where she assisted 18/u and 16/u A-teams to top 15 finishes in the country at the National Junior Olympics.

While finishing her Master’s in Education at Stanford University, Lesyna has taken up open water swimming and is currently training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2020. Lesyna will also begin teaching Biology at M-A this fall.

When asked about her thoughts on becoming head coach of the program, Lesyna said: “I am extremely excited to join the M-A community and support these young women on their journeys as they boldly pursue their aspirations—in water polo and beyond.”

M-A’s Athletic Director Steven Kryger added, “We are very excited to have Lauren taking over our girls water polo program.  She has shown to be a highly effective teacher in the classroom and on the pool deck.  Students, players, and administrators have raved about her knowledge and ability to relate to her students and players.”