Orange Coast College is pleased to announce the hiring of Dan Matulis as the College's new men's and women's water polo coach, according to Athletic Director Jason Kehler. The hiring follows a nationwide search that began in December of 2019 when OCC began accepting applications for a full-time Kinesiology instructor/head water polo coach.
"Dan brings so much to the campus beyond his playing and coaching experience that it makes this a very exciting time for Coast water polo and the Kinesiology and Athletics Division," Kehler says. "We are confident that Dan will continue to build on the traditions of both our men's and women's water polo programs as not only strong contenders in the pool, but in the classroom and community as well."
Matulis comes to OCC after very successful stints as an assistant coach, both at Golden West College (2016-20) and at his alma mater, Long Beach State (2019-20). Prior to his coaching career, Matulis was a standout player at Long Beach State for four years. Matulis was a two-time All-American for the 49ers, scoring 148 career goals (13th-best all time in school history), including 69 goals as a junior before suffering the first of two major shoulder injuries.
After spending time with the US National Team, a second shoulder injury essentially ended Matulis' water polo career, and he began his teaching and coaching careers, and life outside of the water. As an assistant coach at Golden West, he helped the Rustler men's water polo program go 88-1 with three consecutive state championships from 2016-18. In addition to his duties with the men's and women's programs at GWC, Matulis also helped create student-athlete success programs, similar to OCC's PRESS Program. In addition to his duties with the Rustlers, Matulis was also putting in coaching and teaching duties at Long Beach State as well as Vanguard University, further accumulating knowledge on both sides of the sport.
It is an entirely new chapter for OCC Water Polo. In addition to Matulis joining the Pirates, he will have the opportunity to practice and compete in the school's brand-new Aquatics Pavilion, giving Coast another state-of-the-art athletics facility on its campus.
"I'm so excited to be a part of this college," Matulis says. "We are all excited about the new pool, but all in all, OCC's campus has so many different classes and programs to choose from, and I'm excited to be able to share with student-athletes everything that OCC has to offer."
Dan and his wife Danica welcomed their first child, Paxton, into the world on May 14. "Yes, it's been a very exciting month for me and my family, that's for sure," Matulis says.