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About me

My goal as a coach is for my athletes to grow both physically and individually. This is done through hard work, overcoming adversity, being responsible and respectful. As a coach I hold my ability to mentor athletes to the highest regard and strive for athletes to grow from each experience. Teamwork, cohesion and goal setting plays a key role in my program. I believe everyone plays an equal role on the team, regardless of playing time. Each athlete knows their role, their goals and how they impact the team. Throughout the season, it is made a priority to set goals and work toward these goals. I believe in having a strong line of communication with my athletes, by allowing athletes to participate in problem solving and leadership opportunities. I want the experience of sport competition and being on a team to be something my athletes can carry through their lives through physical activity, character and values.

Work experience

Jul 2012Present

Instructor

Fresno City College

As the Head Women's Water Polo Coach at Fresno City College I provide skill instruction that develops and enhances athletes competitive edge. My responsibilities include managing team finances, conducting fundraisers, preparing transportation, ordering and maintaining equipment, scheduling games, organizing practices and recruiting. I also teach performance training classes that are designed to develop strength, endurance and flexibility.

Jun 2009Jul 2012

Swimming Coach

Swim America

Teach children ages 2 years and older water safety and swimming technique. Also, to create an environment for young swimmers to have fun and learn how to be safe in the water.

Aug 2009May 2012

Director of Sports, Women's Water Polo and Swimming and Substitute Teacher

Central Unified School District

Director of Sports, Women's Water Polo and Swimming As the Head Coach my goal was to create an environment for athletes to learn about the sport and personally develop as an individual. My responsibilities included team finances, prepare transportation, order equipment, plan practice and prepare athletes for games.

Substitute Teacher  I was responsible for adapting to and managing a classroom of students. Also, provided academic instruction to students when their regular teacher was absent.

Jun 2005Feb 2012

Water Polo Coach

Fresno Dolphins Swim Team

Teach athletes proper water polo fundamentals, skills and game strategizes during the off season. My responsibilities included scheduling games, organizing practices, managing team finances and recruiting.

Sep 2008Jun 2009

Volunteer and Intern

THINK Together

As a volunteer my responsibilities were to support academic development for elementary school students, supervise classroom activities and aid students with both homework and classwork. As an Intern my responsibilities were to assist managers in the corporate office with program development, organization and data input.

Jun 2007Aug 2008

Swimming Coach

UC Irvine Swim Camp

Mentor and teach young athletes swimming fundamentals and technique.

Jan 2008Apr 2008

Volunteer Coach

Corona Del Mar Junior High School Club Team

Provide water polo skill instructions to Junior High School athletes.

Education

Sep 2014Present

Masters in Kinesiology: Emphasis in Physical Education

Fresno Pacific University
Sep 2005Jun 2009

Bachelors Degree in Social Ecology, Minor Education

University of California, Irvine

References

Coach Rick Klatt, Owner of Fresno Dolphins Swim Team

I have had the honor to be coached by and coach along side Rick Klatt. Rick is both a swimming and water polo coach and is well known throughout the valley for producing some of the top water polo and swimming athletes. His experience and ability to coach, mentor and bond with athletes is remarkable.

Dan Klatt, USA Women's National Assistant Coach and UCI Head Women's Water Polo Coach

I played water polo for Coach Dan Klatt at University of California, Irvine. Dan participated in the Olympics in 2004 on the Men's National Water Polo Team. This past 2012 Olympics, Coach Dan Klatt was the Assistant Coach for the Women's National Water Polo Team. I have learned so much from Coach Dan Klatt and have implemented the same principles he taught me in my professional coaching career.

Skills

Communication skills, organization skills, leadership and team building abilities, ability to plan, analyze and strategize game situations, teach sportsmanship and motivational skills that enhance a competitive spirit. Computer: Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Social Media.

Certifications

Aug 2009Present

Coaching Principles

American Sport Education Program
Fundamentals to coaching sports

Passion

Gianna "proved to be very competent- not only is she very knowledgeable about the game, but she is firm, fair and consistent. She taught the girls to play the game with integrity and helped them to form a "team" atmosphere." -Dawnette Woods

see my Team in Action

Goal-driven

"Gianna is a goal-driven, self-starting individual who will finish  any project she undertakes, working around any obstacles she finds in her path" and "she has a wonderful feel for working with young people academically and athletically.  She is an outstanding teacher and mentor. She positively motivates young people to reach for their full potential." - Coach Rick Klatt