Veteran boys swimming and water polo coach Steve Yancey announced Monday that he will retire in June. File photo, Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: May 7, 2018 at 11:56 am | UPDATED: May 7, 2018 at 11:57 am
Veteran Capistrano Valley aquatics coach Steve Yancey, who restored the Cougars’ boys swim program as a CIF-SS Division 1 powerhouse but also enjoyed sustained success in water polo, plans to retire in June.
Yancey, 59, announced his intent in a letter Monday to Capistrano Valley principal John Misustin.
“I want to thank all of the Administrators, Coaches, Parents, and Athletes that have helped and assisted me to do both jobs, while I was at San Clemente HS and Capistrano Valley HS,” Yancey said. “Without them, I would have never experienced the successes that were such a blessing during my tenure.”
Yancey’s success in water polo and swimming made him one of Orange County’s most well-rounded and respected aquatics coaches.
He was an Orange County Register coach of the year in both sports and has run the ultra-competitive and popular Capistrano Valley swim relays for many years.
Yancey guided Capistrano Valley’s boys swim team to CIF-SS Division 1 titles in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2011.
He also led the Cougars’ boys water polo team to the CIF-SS Division 3 finals in 2015, where they fell to Murrieta Valley.
Yancey arrived at the Capistrano Valley after a successful tenure at San Clemente. He led the Tritons to the a CIF-SS Division 4-A title in 1991 with future Olympian Jeremy Laster, now the coach at Santa Margarita. Laster became a standout at Stanford.