SSU water polo coach gains national honor

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Sonoma State women?s water polo coach Coralie Simmons has been named the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches? Division II National Coach of the Year.

Simmons, 32, led the Seawolves to a third-place finish at the WWPA Conference Tournament, the best finish in school history.

SSU had a 12-20 record while playing one of the nation?s toughest schedules. The Seawolves played 21 games against teams that appeared in the CWPA Division I Top 20 poll during the season and had a 3-18 record in those matches.

Simmons was a two-time National Player of the Year at UCLA and earned a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She is currently serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. women?s national team.


Santa Rosa Junior College catcher Richie Rowland and pitcher Jared Lunardi have verbally committed to attend Campbellsville University, an NAIA school in Campbellsville, Ky.

Rowland (Cloverdale High) hit .317 with 2 homers and 14 RBIs this past season and threw out 15 of 35 base runners.

Lunardi (Elsie Allen) went 4-3 with a 1.87 ERA and had a team-high four saves while starting three games and making 13 relief appearances.


Montgomery High graduate Duncan Kelm, a junior at San Diego State, has been selected as a Collegiate Rugby All-American by both USA Rugby and American Rugby News.

Kelm is one of 25 athletes selected from more than 20,000 who will represent the U.S. in the Collegiate All-Star Tour of South Africa in late July.

A two-time All-American, Kelm led SDSU to a third-place national finish this past season.


Former Sonoma State pitcher Alberto Rolon has signed a professional contract with the Lake Erie Crushers, an independent league team in Avon, Ohio.

After sitting out two seasons with injuries, Rolon was 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in nine appearances as a senior. He went 6-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 2006.


It?s the last chance to submit all-league teams for Empire spring sports. Some small school golf and tennis teams selected in the past have not sent their picks for the just completed season.

If you would like to send in an all-league team, either send it to via e-mail or fax it to 521-5463. Any questions, call Rich Rupprecht at 521-5275.

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