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M-A grad joins Princeton women's polo coaching staff

 

Former Menlo-Atherton High standout and UCLA All-American watae polo player Becca Dorst has been added to the Princeton University women's team staff as an assistant coach.

Princeton head coach Luis Nicolao made the announcement on Tuesday.

Dorst will assist in all facets of the women's water polo program at Princeton, taking over for long time assistant Derek Ellingson, who will focus on the Princeton men's team.

"I'm proud and humbled to be the new addition to Princeton's women's water polo program," said Dorst. "With over 15 years of playing water polo, I plan on using my personal knowledge and experiences to aid this competitive group of women and support staff. I feel very blessed to be coaching at one of the most prestigious institutions in the world and look forward to the upcoming season."

A four-year letterwinner at perennial national power UCLA, Dorst finished her collegiate career with 92 goals, 23 assists, 87 steals, 32 blocks, and a .471 shot percentage. As a senior in 2014, Dorst garnered ACWPC honorable mention All-America honors, racking up 36 goals and 33 steals. Starting all 32 of her appearances, she was a second-team All-MPSF honoree, leading the Bruins to a national runner-up finish.

Helping UCLA to a third-place NCAA showing in 2013, Dorst started 15 of her 19 outings, scoring 16 goals, while collecting 14 steals. During her first two seasons as a member of the Bruins, Dorst recorded 40 goals, 40 steals, and 17 assists, picking up honorable mention ACWPC All-America honors as a sophomore. During her four seasons, UCLA posted a 105-23 overall record.

Also excelling in the classroom, Dorst garnered MPSF and ACWPC All-Academic honors as a senior, while earning a spot on both the Fall and Winter Director's Honor Roll. During her junior campaign, she was named to the Winter Director's Honor Roll after taking home ACWPC and MPSF All-Academic accolades in 2012.

"I am very excited to add Becca to our staff," said Nicolao. "Both of our programs will benefit from having their own assistant coaches."

Earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from UCLA in 2014, Dorst spent the last year playing professionally for the Drummoyne Water Polo Club in Australia. Dorst has also served as an assistant water polo coach with Meriden Water Polo in Sydney, Australia and the NorCal Water Polo Club in Woodside. Dorst also has assisted as a counselor for the UCLA Water Polo Camp.

— Princeton Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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