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During a break in a water polo clinic that he helped lead at Paul Nelson Pool Tuesday afternoon Greg Enloe said, "When I was in school, I actually didn't understand physics very well.

"Now it's what I use most when I'm coaching."

The former Team USA Water Polo member did indeed give campers a detailed water polo physics lesson, several of them actually, Tuesday afternoon.

During the boys clinic that afternoon, as she had in the girls clinic in the morning, Hungarian women's national team member Rita Keszthelyi assisted Enloe. Hancock College hosted both Enloe Academy Water Polo Clinics, and Hancock women's water polo coach Dominique Miller assisted at both of them.

Keszthelyi took the lead during most of the girls clinic. Enloe took the lead during most of the boys clinic.

Many of the campers at the boys clinic were younger players for Santa Maria-based One Way Water Polo. There were some high school players, mainly from San Luis Obispo.  

"Throwing is not an arm action," Enloe told the campers at one point. "It's a body action.

"Use your hips. That's where the power is."

He told the campers, "The throwing shoulder should be going toward the target by the time we finish.

"Think of it as a loose capsule. My shoulder should be able to move as I'm throwing the ball."

If the throwing shoulder isn't moving, Enloe told the campers, potential power is lost. 

As he did with the girls, Enloe stressed to the boys the importance of "looking pretty." That is, being in the "triple threat," position, erect with the ball held away from the body, when getting ready to shoot.

"I liked what he said about being pretty," said camper Jonathan Carcarey, 12, who plays for One Way Water Polo.

"I also like what he said about not stressing out, staying calm." 

Enloe also preached a sort of calmly aggressive playing style to the campers.

"I liked what he said about being aggressive, acting calm, being a calm aggressor," said Kiron Heidler. Heidler, who will be a junior this school year, plays set defender for San Luis Obispo's water polo team.

Zach Whitfield, 12, who plays for One Way Water Polo, said, "What I got most out of the clinic was being aggressive, but being under control."

During the clinic, Enloe mimicked a defender moving through the water and moving his elbows in an aggressive, but not flailing, manner.

"If the referee looks at you and thinks that you are under control, he's not going to call a foul on you," Enloe said to the players.

"I asked a buddy of mine who's a ref in the Central Valley why high school games are called the way they are, and he told me, 'The CIF (office) is scared of being sued,'" Enloe said to the players.

"If a player gets hit in the face with an elbow, he might get mad and sue," said Enloe. "A parent of a player who gets hit in the face with an elbow might get mad and sue. That's the world we live in."

An email to the Central Section office seeking comment had not been returned at press time.

Enloe, 30, had four years of professional international experience, though he was never an Olympian.

"My career was cut short," said Enloe. "(Team USA officials) told me they were going with a youth movement.

"The Olympic team is stage one (as a USA player). I got to stage three, two stages below that."

Enloe has been the owner of Enloe Academy since 2014. That's not the Hanford native's full-time job.

"I do financial planning, insurance," he said. "I spend half my time in Seal Beach and half my time in Hanford." According to his professional profile, Enloe is also a national sales executive for HardCoreSport, a swimwear company based in Whittier.

He has also been a Zimbabwe Youth Team coach for the past three summers.

"I go back there for a week and a half each summer," he said. "It's phenomenal, the progress those kids have made."

As for how things went Tuesday, "The players picked up what I taught pretty well," said Enloe.    


Sports Reporter