Swimming and Diving
About the coach...
John Marsh- Men's Water Polo and Men & Women's Swimming & Diving
John became the second head coach for the Cuesta Aquatics program in December 2003 following the retirement of program founder Terry Bowen. He is well acquainted with the program as both an athlete and coach. He led the Cougars’ water polo team to Western State Conference titles in each of his first four seasons and to back-to back State Championship appearances in 2006 and 2007. John has also mentored a combined twenty men and women’s swimming and diving All Americans since taking the helm in 2004.
John has built an extensive coaching career, which began with four years at Righetti High as an assistant water polo coach and head swimming coach. He then took over both positions as the head coach at Santa Maria High and led that program to a 1991 CIF Title in water polo. After four years at Santa Maria, he left to spend more time in the farming and produce business, while establishing himself as one of the premier referees on the Central Coast. In 2001, the coaching bug again got a hold of John and he took over the Cal Poly SLO men and women’s water polo club teams. In his three seasons with the Mustangs, he led both teams to two National Collegiate Club Titles. After his first year at Cal Poly SLO, John also joined Terry Bowen’s staff as his assistant in both water polo and swimming.
John began his academic career at Cuesta College and was a two-time All American in water polo for the Cougars. After Cuesta, John transferred to UCLA and was a member of the Bruins' 1982 water polo team, which placed third at the NCAA Championships. He completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Kinesiology at Cal Poly SLO.
John lives with his wife Debbie, a former Cuesta athlete, in nearby Arroyo Grande. He has a daughter, Megan, and a son, Eric both were Cuesta Aquatics Athletes.