COACHES

MEET OUR STAFF

Club Director

Melissa Fernandez

Melissa Fernandez attended Redlands High School where she led them to the CIF Title in 2000, as well as earning CIF MVP Honors. After she graduated, she attended UC Irvine where she received her MBA in 2012, during her time as an Anteater she captained the first ever women’s water polo team while being a 4 time Academic All-American. She has continued her playing career at the Masters level where she has received 8 Master’s All-Americans, in addition to being named Masters Athlete of the Year in 2013.

She has enjoyed a successful coaching career at the same time, leading Oceanview High School to eight league titles and 3 CIF Finals.

Club Administrator

Kat Manderino

Kat attended Newport Harbor High school and then went on to play collegiate water polo at Concordia University, Irvine where she captained the water polo team and was a 2-time Academic All-American. After obtaining her BA in Accounting & Sports Management, she went on to work for USA Water Polo in various roles. In conjunction with working with USA Water Polo she’s been an admin for the SOPAC Zone, coached age group & high school water polo, and provided admin support to various clubs. She currently works as a Digital Marketer for Arbonne Intl and provides Administrative support to Riptide Water Polo. 

National League HC

Eric Perales

Eric brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Pacific Coast Riptide staff. He is a current Olympic Development Program coach where he was runner up in 2017 for the National Championship. His coaching career has spanned over 9 years and has included 3 CIF Finals, Sunset League Coach of the Year, and multiple other top 10 finishes.