Welcome to DE ANZA Women's Water Polo
Head Coach: Danielle Altman Von Matt
Danielle Altman Von Matt took the helm of the De Anza College Aquatics Programs in the fall of 2010. Before joining the Dons, Coach Von Matt was the Head Women's Water Polo Coach at UC Santa Barbara for 5 seasons, and a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton for 2 years. She also spent 2 years coaching water polo with the Olympic Development Program at the Junior National level.
DE ANZA WOMEN'S WATER POLO
The Women's Water Polo Team is one of the youngest programs in De Anza Athletics. De Anza College has a solid history of athletic success, and the women's water polo team is seeking to establish the Dons as a strong competitor in the Coast Conference. The aquatic facility is one of the best in the state, making De Anza College a premier spot to play water polo.
The Student-Athlete is the core of the De Anza Water Polo program. The priority of the student-athlete is to be a student first and an athlete second, and to strive to put in 100% into each area. We promote academic and athletic excellence through goal setting and individual meetings with our athletes. The program emphasizes both life skills and athletic skills, to encourage each student-athlete to strive for sucess in every area. Our student-athletes will play the game of water polo at the highest level and are given the tools to complete their academic goals, whether it is to complete an AA degree, a vocational certification, or to transfer to a 4 year university.
At De Anza College, we promote the TEAM concept (Together Everyone Achieves More). Water Polo is a team sport, with every athlete working together to be a force in the water. Each athlete has the opportunity to develop her water polo skills as a part of the team. Every possession is an opportunity, whether on offense or defense. We will always put an emphasis on defense, and strive to create scoring opportunities through solid defensive plays. De Anza Water Polo is about finesse, creativity, and having fun in the water.
A WORD FROM COACH VON MATT
"Playing water polo at De Azna College is your opportunity to become the best you can be. I have coached and/or played water polo at the NCAA Division I, II, III and National Team levels and I want to help you develop your water polo skills so that you can reach your goals as a student-athlete. Come and play!"
De Anza lining up after scoring a goal.
Contact: Danielle Von Matt