The 2018 season was a banner year for the water polo program at Bellarmine. The Varsity squad, with many returning players, entered the year poised to challenge for WCAL, CCS, and NorCal titles. In an effort to prepare for a CCS Open Division run and a NorCal Playoff berth, the Bells played perhaps their most rigorous schedule to date. When the season was a wrap, the Bells had finished with a 19-10 record, a CCS Open Division Title, and outstanding wins vs. other California powerhouse programs such as Miramonte, Corona Del Mar, Oaks Chrisitan, Coronado, and Foothill.
The Bells reached the WCAL Tournament Championship game, but fell to Sacred Heart Prep 8-12. Following that game the Bells went straight into CCS play, earning the #2 seed for the CCS Open Division. The Bells defeated #7 Mountain View HS in the quarterfinals 19-3 and advanced for a rematch of their semifinal loss last year vs. Menlo School. This year the Bells would not be denied, playing their best game and winning 13-8.
Following the big semifinal win, the Bells prepared to face-off against first rival Sacred Heart Prep for the first time ever in the CCS Open Division. Unfortunately, due to the fires in Northern California, the game was rescheduled multiple times and ultimately cancelled. The two teams were declared Co-Champions.
The Bells were then given the #4 seed for NorCal Division 1 playoffs, but unfortunately that tournament was also cancelled due to the fires. While the ending to the season was difficult, the Varsity team showed great maturity and positivity throughout. Following the season, individual accolades were plenty. Team Captain and Senior Gabe Discipulo was honored as 1st Team All-American, All-CCS, and All-WCAL. Senior Dominick Kirk received 7th Team All-American and 1st Team All-CCS and All-WCAL. Senior Nicholas Fontes was named 2nd Team All-CCS and All-WCAL.
The JV and Frosh teams both had tremendous success from beginning to end, compiling a combined overall record of 33-15 and with the Frosh team winning a WCAL league title.
Coach Colin Mello joined Bellarmine as Head Coach of the Varsity Water Polo program in the Fall of 2012. Over the course of those seven seasons, he has led the Bells to five CCS titles (Open Division – 2018, Division 1 – 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016). 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./p>