Crean Lutheran water polo team excited about season under new coach
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Crean Lutheran High School’s water polo players were excited for the start of the season under new Coach Kyle Ramstack. Like many teams experienced, there have been challenges and the coaches and players have looked to the Lord for spiritual guidance.
“The bible verse was picked by our three seniors (Sophia Guntrip, Samantha Caballero and Antonio Moschetti),” Ramstack said. “They chose that one and I think it really speaks to what this year has been. This year has been challenging but we’ve been really able to look inward and keep our prayers plentiful to keep us engaged in practice and preparation for the season we thought was supposed to start almost a month and a half ago.”
Guntrip and Caballero were allowed to join the boys team because Crean Lutheran was not fielding a girls team. Ramstack said he is planning to use the abbreviated season to develop the young program. “Our season goals are really to see where we’re at, we haven’t really had much of an opportunity to practice water polo since we’ve been practicing at Irvine’s Woollett Aquatics Center,” Ramstack said. “.... And seeing how we can continue to work to build the program and kind of just get ready for next year and hopefully send our seniors out right.”
Among the top players on the team are sophomore Tate Fitzgerald, freshman Jonathan DiPinto and junior goalie Austin Griffin. The Saints’ six-game schedule included games against Tustin and Cypress with the final contest vs. Sage Hill on Friday, March 19.
Crean Lutheran names Kyle Ramstack as girls and boys water polo coach
Crean Lutheran High School is proud to announce that Kyle Ramstack has been named the new head varsity coach for the Saints girls and boys water polo teams.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Kyle Ramstack to the home of the Saints,” said Crean Lutheran Athletic Director Eric Olson. “He will serve as our head girls and head boys water polo coach. Kyle is a strong Christian role model with a tremendous passion for teaching, coaching and mentoring student-athletes. He looks forward to leading spiritually-based, vision-driven, fun and competitive water polo programs that will glorify God in and out of the pool.”
Ramstack, a 2007 graduate of Loara High School, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in history from Long Beach State in 2013. He teaches sixth grade Ancient History at California Connections Academy. “All the things fell into place, I’ve been praying for a while for an opportunity to be able to teach kids not only a sport that I absolutely love but teach them to be better citizens of our world,” he said.
Ramstack emphasized how important Jesus Christ is in his life. “Every morning when I wake up I thank our Lord and I really want to make Him happy and serve Him well,” he said. “We will always begin and end practice with a prayer and before each game we will be praying and we will always try to do our best to serve Him.” Ramstack worships at St. Boniface in Anaheim and his favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:4-9:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Ramstack replaces former Coach Millicent Powell, who Olson said had to “step down due to an increased workload in her teaching position in Garden Grove Unified.”
Get in shape without all that running! Join an incredibly fun team sport that will teach you life-long skills as you make life-long friends. All types of experience are welcome! If you would like more information or want to join the Boys or Girls Water Polo Team, email Coach Ramstack at email@example.com.