By De Mario Davis
Western Sun staff writer
Name: Head Coach Scott Taylor
Sport-: Men’s Water polo
Coach Taylor as head coach led his team to the state community college championship in Northern California at Diablo Valley College. Since he started coaching at Golden West in 2002 he has lead the team to 250-22 record, and won three state championships, eight Southern California championships, and eight Conference titles. Taylor played water polo for the Rustlers in 1989 and 1990 and won two championships, before playing for UC Santa Barbara.
Name: Head Coach Kyle Kopp
Sport: Women’s water polo
Head Coach Kyle Kopp was fired up about leading his team to the State Community College Championship. This season his girls are a flawless 27-0. During his playing days Kopp was in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and the team won the FINA World Cup gold medal and two Pan American Games gold medals in 1995 and 1999. In his playing days at Long Beach State, Kopp was a three-time All-American and All-Big West selection, capturing All-Tournament Team honors at the NCAA Championships in 1988 and 1989. In 1988, Kopp was named the Big West Most Valuable Player after leading all scorers at the NCAA tournament.
Name: Max Talbert
Sport: Men’s Soccer – Co Captain
Talbert had a good season, and hopes to attend a Division One college. He has his sights on San Francisco State or UCI at the moment. His team was #1 in the southern section and #3 in the state. Talbert missed only one game all season and started in 14 out of the 20 games he played. He recorded one goal and two assists.
Name: Jaime Rios
Sport: Men’s Soccer
Jaime Rios will be returning for another season with the Rustler’s soccer team. His team had an overall record of 18-2-3, and was undefeated in League play. He states “Even though a few sophomores are leaving next season, we have high hopes of staying strong on top of the league and next season getting to the state finals to compete for a championship.” Rios played in 19 games and started 12 of those. In 19 games Rios managed to score five times, and added one assist.