Boys Water Polo
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Crean Lutheran boys water polo team sets goals under first-year coach
Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Crean Lutheran’s boys water polo team entered the season with high hopes under first year Coach Millicent Powell. “We have many new players and I am excited about how they are all progressing and learning,” Powell said.
“I have high hopes for our team this year as we are led by six returning players and joined by six new players. We have three main team goals. The first is to have a winning record for the first time in team history. Our second goal is to learn how to communicate with each (other) in an effective and positive way during practice and competitions. Our third goal is to qualify for CIF (playoffs) for the first time ever.”
The top players this season are expected to be senior Joey Schell, freshman Tate Fitzgerald, senior Jackson Perry and senior Thomas Fitt. “Joey Schell has been the leader of the team for the past couple of years and is the heart behind the team,” Powell said.
“Freshman Tate Fitzgerald is becoming a leader in his ability and spirituality for our team.”
Crean Lutheran’s captains are Schell and Fitt. The team roster also includes junior Antonio Moschetti, sophomores Austin Griffin, John Ryan Cogger, Blaise Tomassian and Nathan Treglia and freshmen Ryan Goldstone, Nicholas Mok and Moses Yoon.
Powell said she is looking forward to guiding the program. “It is a blessing to be given the opportunity to become the head coach of the Crean Lutheran water polo team,” said Powell, who played varsity water polo all four years at Rockford High School in Rockford, Michigan and then continued to play water polo at the University of Michigan.
“My priority is to create a team environment that supports my young athletes to become confident in who they are and help them realize their full potential.”
The team’s Bible verse was selected by Schell, one of the Saints’ captains. “This Bible verse was selected because we as a team want to focus on how we can conduct ourselves in a positive way on the pool deck,” Powell said. “This verse helps to remind us to direct our emotions more towards acting humbly during victories, show mercy to our competitors and act justly when the decision to do so isn't always easy.”
Millicent Powell - Head Coach
With man it is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God. Mark 10:27
BS in Math
Minor in Psychology
In high school, she led her team to a state championship and earned a number of honors, including all MWPA 1st Team, MWPA All-Region, MWPA All-State, and 1st Team All American. At the collegiate level, Ms. Powell competed at the University of Michigan where she was a member of the Big Ten Championship teams in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She was 1st team All-Conference in the Big Ten Conference in 2011 and was selected as the Big Ten Most Valuable Player in 2012.
Swimming and water polo have been an integral part of my life and has helped to shape me into who I am today. I played varsity water polo all four years at Rockford High School in Rockford, Michigan and then continued to play water polo at the University of Michigan. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University where I earned my BS in Mathematics and Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology. I have been coaching water polo and swimming since 2008 and am excited to bring my experience to CLHS. The pool deck was always where I felt accepted and encouraged to be my best. My priority is to create a team environment that supports my young athletes to become confident in who they are and help them realize their full potential. I am excited to coach and mentor our players as they enter adulthood and help them grow spiritually confident and learn how to live as an example of Christian fortitude, forgiveness, and grace.