Coach excited about first year of girls water polo for Crean Lutheran
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. Ecclesiastes 9:10
Crean Lutheran High School’s girls water polo team is embarking on its first season under Coach Millicent Powell. “Starting the new girls water polo team at Crean Lutheran High School has been an arduous journey, but it has truly paid off,” Powell said.
“As a coach, I am excited to support my team as they enter adulthood and help them grow spiritually confident and learn how to live as an example of Christian fortitude, forgiveness, and grace. 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.”
Powell said the team has three main goals. “The first is to create a positive and supportive team culture that is empowering to all of its members. 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 win games in our inaugural season.”
The team verse was chosen by the Captain Ivana Zamora, Powell said. “This Bible verse was selected because we are all so excited and empowered that we have created our team,” Powell said. “We have found a positive outlet for our lives and a community to seek support from. We do not want to waste this amazing opportunity to be a part of a team. We want to put in 100 percent of our efforts every day while keeping in mind that our strength comes from God.”
The team includes Zamora, senior Lauren Atteberry, juniors Samantha Caballero and Sophia Guntrip and freshmen Chloe Parker, Summer Peietila, Taylor Schmaltz and Addison Boomsma.
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.