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Jim Sprague
Jim  Sprague

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Sunny Hills


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Those involved in high school boy's water polo in Southern California over the last 40 plus years have surely felt the impact ofJim Sprague. Whether they were part of his highly successful teams at Sunny Hills High School, Servite High School, Rosary High School, La Canada High School, and Sonora High School or the opposition of those squads, a universal respect exists for this scholastic coaching legend. Winner of nine CIF Championships, his most famous work was accomplished at Sunny Hills in Fullerton, CA where he was the coach for 25 years and won four of those titles. He built a foundation that allowed the Lancers to capture 24 straight league titles and establish the record for consecutive league victories at 120, which still stands today. He then proceeded to lead Servite to multiple CIF crowns and in recent years has been a development specialist, providing short-term expertise to a variety of programs. A one-time assistant coach at USC and no stranger to the USA Water Polo club circuit, Sprague is considered an innovator in the area of video study within the sport. He pioneered the recording of matches for tactical breakdown and instruction well before his peers, something that is widely practiced today. With no signs of slowing down, Sprague remains an active presence on the sidelines of high school matches through the Southland.




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