COACH OF THE YEAR: RHONDA SMITH
School: Hanford West
She's qualified because: Enjoyed her best season since launching the school's girls water polo program in 1998, directing the Huskies to a 25-3 record and the Central Section Division II championship. Top-seeded Hanford West's 10-5 win over No. 2 Memorial in the final provided the school's first section water polo title.
The Huskies' season also featured a title at the Tulare Tournament, a runner-up finish at the Hanford Tournament, a fourth-place showing at the Sunnyside Tournament and an 11-1 run and co-championship in the West Yosemite League. Smith, who also coaches the swimming team, led the Huskies to the D-II semifinals in 2011.