Los Alamitos head coach Dave Carlson announced this past week that he will step down as the boys coach, he will stay on as the girls head coach. While the decision was just recently announced, he had decided to make the decision prior to the boys season. Carlson is also the schools head swim coach, and he will step down from that position as well, later this spring.
The legendary coach said he just wanted to pursue other personal things in his life:
"There's nothing bad or wrong going on," Carlson, 38, said. "There are some other things I want to do (in life) ... and I thought the timing was right."
Carlson has had a great high school coaching career where he has coached the Los Alamitos boys time since 1999. He led the school to eight league titles and a CIF-SS Division 2 championship back in 2004, plus he led the boys squad to three Division 2 runner-ups in 2002, 2003 and 2005. He also coached Olympian Tim Hutten.
Carlson will not be completely out of coaching high school age water polo, he will remain the 18-and-under boys coach for the SOCAL club. He also has been successful there by winning two Junior Olympics and two U.S. club titles.
There is no word on who his replacement will be.