Melissa Seidemann to lead Corona del Mar High girls’ water polo

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The new head coach of the Corona del Mar High School girls’ water polo program certainly knows about winning the big match.The Sea Kings have hired two-time Olympic women’s water polo gold medalist Melissa Seidemann to guide them, CdM athletic director Dennis Wilbanks confirmed Wednesday.Seidemann takes over for Justin Papa, who resigned in March after three seasons.“I’m really excited to take over the program,” Seidemann said. “I know there’s a rich history with CdM water polo, and I know it’s seen some coaching changes in the past. This is something I intend to do for a while, so I’m really excited to have the program.”This is the first high school head coaching position for Seidemann, 30, who previously coached club water polo at SOCAL for three years and was an assistant coach for UC Irvine women’s water polo for two years. She has a busy schedule ahead, as her playing career isn’t over.Seidemann, a Seal Beach resident, is training with the U.S. national team for the Tokyo Olympics next summer. Team USA will be trying for its third straight gold medal and Seidemann, a defender, is one of …

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