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Brenda Villa - USA, water polo - Cerritos College women's assistant water polo coach

Brenda Villa became assistant coach of the women's water polo team at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. in 2005. The Falcons ended the season with a 21-11 record, a new school record for most wins in a season. Villa helped Team USA take the gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics with an 8-5 victory over Spain. Villa scored a goal in the third period to put Team USA up 7-2. It was the first gold medal for the United States women's water polo team following a silver in 2008 in Beijing, China.

Villa recalls one of her favorite water polo moments as defeating Hungary to qualify for the first-ever Women’s Water Polo Olympic Games. A four-time girls 1st Team All-American in high school, Villa has played professionally in Italy for parts of seasons since 2008. Although she is the shortest player on Team USA, she is one of the worlds' most prolific goal scorers. In 2010, she became the girl's water polo head coach at Castilleja High School in Palo Alto, Calif. Villa's parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico and she speaks fluent Spanish. A three-time All-American at Stanford, Villa graduated in 2003 with a degree in political science.

Olympic Experience:

  • 2000 Olympic Games, silver medal
  • 2004 Olympic Games, bronze medal
  • 2008 Olympic Games, silver medal
  • 2012 Olympic Games, gold medal

Career Highlights:

  • Captain of the silver medal Winning squad at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China
  • Is most decorated athlete in the world of women’s water polo
  • Fired in eight goals for Team USA at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final
  • Scored six goals to help Team USA to a gold medal and Olympic berth at the 2011 Pan American Games
  • Tied for team lead with seven goals during gold medal run at 2011 FINA World League Super Final in Tianjin, China. Named to All-Tournament team


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