New Water Polo Head Coach

With man it is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God. Mark 10:27

It is with much anticipation and great excitement that Crean Lutheran Athletics announces the hiring of Ms. Millicent Powell as the new head water polo coach. Please welcome Coach Powell to our Saints family! Ms. Powell currently serves as math department chair at Garden Grove High School and enjoys teaching algebra 2, trigonometry, statistics, and geometry.

Coach Powell was quite accomplished as a water polo player.  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.

Coach Powell is an experienced coach. She has­­­­­­­ coached water polo at both the youth and high school levels.  Now, she looks forward to growing the Saints program. Ms. Powell’s passion for the game, coaching expertise, her caring spirit, and her love for our Lord and Savior make her a perfect fit for Crean Lutheran High School.

It is a blessing to be given the opportunity to become the head coach of the CLHS Water Polo team. 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. "With man it is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." - Mark 10:27

Athletic Director Eric Olson stated, “Millicent has been an elite water polo player at the high school and college levels. She knows the game at the highest level, and her expertise is evident.  More notably, she is extremely passionate about teaching and coaching in order to help her players achieve their full potential. Coach Powell is a Christ-centered coach who will facilitate a competitive program, building confidence in her players as well as challenging them to grow in their faith and to develop their Christian character.”