Jason Gall will begin his eighth season as Bakersfield head water polo coach in the Spring of 2015.
Gall became the all-time winningest coach at CSUB on Mar. 25, 2012 when the Roadrunners defeated Redlands 9-6. He won his 100th match as CSU Bakersfield’s head coach Mar. 17, 2013 when CSUB defeated Marist 10-5. Gall is 116-146 at the helm of the ‘Runner program.
Gall won his 200th match (at CSUB) as a head women’s water polo coach Mar. 27, 2011 against Cal State San Bernardino. Gall is 251-249 as a women’s water polo coach.
Gall led the Roadrunners to a pair of third place showings at the WWPA Tournament in 2009 and 2010, a program best finish. For his 2009 efforts, Gall was named WWPA Coach of the Year. Between his first and second seasons, he doubled his current squad size and guided CSUB to some of the biggest wins-to-date in program history.
In 2008, he helped give CSUB its first NCAA Division I All-American water polo honorees as Amanda Ortiz and Veronica Campbell each received honorable mention accolades.
With Gall at the helm, four Roadrunners have earned five All-American certificates. 16 times CSUB players have been selected All-Conference with Roadrunners being selected to the WWPA’s All-Freshman team six times. On 23 occasions CSUB players have been named Academic All-Conference and 23 times Roadrunners have been named to the ACWPC All-Academic Team.
Gall has grown a club water polo team in Bakersfield, the first-ever of its kind in town from zero members to more than 100. In the spring of 2010, Gall held the first free water polo clinic to the residents of Kern County in hopes of spreading the popularity of the sport in the local community.
Prior to arriving in Bakersfield, Gall spent three seasons (2006-08) as head men’s and women’s coach at Ivy League powerhouse Brown University. Gall built the Brown women’s program into a nationally-ranked squad. The Bears spent much of the 2007 season near CSU Bakersfield in the national rankings and finished the season with a fifth place finish at the Eastern Championships.
At season’s end, Brown finished 23-10 and was 18th in the national rankings despite not having a home pool for nearly the entire season. The Bears were 53-41 during Gall’s stint in Providence while men’s squad at Brown posted a 60-33 record.
Prior to his stint at Brown, Gall was the head coach of the women’s polo squad at Pomona-Pitzer from 1998 to 2004, adding the coaching duties of the men’s team at Pomona-Pitzer in 2002.
Gall’s women’s team won the NCAA Division III championship in 2003 as he was named the Division III Coach of the Year. Pomona-Pitzer won the 2004 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and placed second in the Division III championships.
In his six years as the head coach of the women’s program, Gall led Pomona-Pitzer to a 82-52 record. In three seasons with the Pomona-Pitzer men, Gall’s squads were 21-41.
Gall’s combined record as a collegiate water polo coach is 332-313.
Gall also worked as an assistant coach with the CHAWP club team while at Pomona-Pitzer, and spent three years as the assistant coach with the ORCA club team. Both teams have competed in national championship events including the Junior Olympics and National Age Group Championships. In 2003, Gall helped lead CHAWP and ORCA to silver and bronze medals at the National Junior Olympics.
Gall served as the head coach for the Inland Empire Women’s Youth Zone Team for a year as part of the Women’s National Team staff. He was also the head men’s water polo coach at Orange Coast Junior College in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Gall graduated from the University of Southern California in 1997 with a degree in exercise science and earned his Master’s Degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University in 2001. His collegiate water polo playing experience includes being named a first-team All-American at Long Beach City College in 1993 as well as playing on the USC team which finished second in the nation in 1996.
Jason and his wife Morgan have two children. Son Charlie and daughter Kaia.