Bellarmine Water Polo offers three teams: Varsity, JV, and Frosh. Generally cuts are made at the Frosh level with anywhere from 20-40 athletes trying out for 20 spots on the Frosh team. Then athletes are given two years to develop before trying out again at the Varsity level. Athletes will get moved up through levels depending on experience and playing ability.
Water Polo is a physically demanding sport with a high expectation of commitment. Bellarmine Water Polo is truly a family and athletes reap the benefits of these close relationships for the rest of their lives.
Bellarmine Water Polo is one of the most successful programs in the history of WCAL, CCS, and the CIF. The Bells have won 17 WCAL titles and 28 CCS titles. The Bells have also had hundreds of athletes go on to play at the collegiate level.
Bellarmine Water Polo is currently in the hands of Coach Colin Mello. Coach Mello joined Bellarmine as Head Coach of the Varsity Water Polo program in the Fall of 2012. Over the course of those nine seasons, he has led the Bells to five CCS titles (Open Division – 2018, Division 1 – 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) and one WCAL title (2015). Colin is a graduate of UC Irvine where he was a two-time All-American in water polo. He captained the 2007 UCI team to its first-ever and only Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship game. He then played professionally after graduation in both Australia and Spain. He has coached water polo at all levels, from 10 and under up to the college level, including assisting at UC Irvine.