Kyle primarily coaches athletes 12 years of age or younger.
Kyle joined Colorado Water Polo in 2008 and began coaching CWP’s youth program in the summer of 2011. Since Grier Laughlin started the youth program in 2010, CWP’s 12U teams have taken second at the Mountain Zone Championships three times (2010, 2011 and 2013), were Mountain Zone champions in 2014 and 2015 and have won eleven regional tournaments. The 12U team took first in 2104 and second in 2015 and 2016 in the co-ed division of the prestigious Winterfest Tournament in Los Angeles, and they also took 10th in the nation at the 2015 Rocktober 12U Championships. Kyle was recognized with the Ted Newland Distinguished Coaching Award as the male developmental coach of the year for the Mountain Zone in 2013.
A Denver native, Kyle swam four years at Overland High School before attending Northwestern University where he played club water polo. He also coached varsity and junior varsity water polo at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.
13-14 Coach/Girls/Center Defender Position Coach
Kailin primarily coaches our middle school age athletes, as well as our girls team.
Kailin joined Colorado Water Polo in 2003 as an athlete. Kailin was one of the first Pirates to play varsity water polo at the college level. She played defender for Colorado State’s Division I varsity squad for four years and graduated in 2010. Kailin improved every year of her varsity career, earning a full-tuition scholarship, a starting spot, and position as team captain.
Kailin rejoined the Pirates after college as a coach. She has attacked coaching with the passion with which she plays. Kailin is always striving to improve and has become a consistent member of the Mountain Zone Olympic Development Program coaching staff. She has been recognized as the recipient of the 2014 Brent Bohlender Distinguished Coaching Award as the female developmental coach of the year.
12 and Under Coach/Goalie Coach
Maureen joined Colorado Water Polo in September, 2011. She coaches the 12U group and is the goalie position coach for CWP.
In Maureen’s time coaching the youth team, CWP’s 12U teams took second at the 2013 Mountain Zone Championships, were champions of the Mountain Zone in 2014 and 2015, and have won eleven regional tournaments. She coached the Colorado 12U girls team to a second-place finish at the 2013 12U Rock-tober National Championship and coached the co-ed team to a 10th place finished at the 2015 Rock-tober. The 12U team also took first in 2014 and second in 2015 and 2016 in the coed division of the prestigious Winterfest Tournament in Los Angeles. Maureen was recognized with the Brent Bohlender Distinguished Coaching Award as the female developmental coach of the year for the Mountain Zone in 2013.
Maureen began playing water polo when she was seven years old in her hometown of Mundelein, Illinois. She played competitively in high school (where she was named first team all-state three times), played goalie for the Midwest Zone team (won the Speedo Cup in 1999 and Junior Olympics in 2000 for the 14U age group – Maureen was named MVP of both tournaments), and the National Youth Team. Maureen also played for the Southern Illinois University Club team in college.
Age 15-18 Coach/Center Position Coach
Craig primarily coaches our high-school age athletes.
Craig Ackley was an Assistant Coach at the Air Force Academy. He was also the head coach at Palo Alto High School in California. He was also the head coach of the Stanford University 18-and-under water polo summer program.
Coach Craig was recognized by USA Water Polo with the 2015 Bill Barnett Distinguished Coaching Award for the Mountain Zone.
Craig was an All-American at the University of the Pacific. Craig attended Villa Park High School where he was a league MVP.
Molly Burke Cahill
Molly was the assistant coach for the UCLA Women’s Water Polo Team from 2008, 2010-2017. Molly helped guide the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament for 12 consecutive years. She has lifted UCLA to the NCAA championship 4 times, 3 as a player and once as a coach, and helped to guide the Bruins to three NCAA runner-up finishes. Additionally Molly helped guide the team to 4 MPSF Conference Championships. During her time at UCLA, Molly coached 4 Olympians and multiple All-American athletes. Molly has also been active at the youth level as well. She has coached boys and girls of all age groups for Los Angeles Water Polo Club and Bruin Stars and Stripes. She is currently a member of the Olympic Development Program coaching staff and has worked with youth, cadet, and development age groups.
Molly played at UCLA from 2004-2007. As a player Molly won 3 NCAA National Championships and 2 MPSF Conference Championships. She also competed at the national level was a member of the Youth and Junior National Teams. Molly still plays and coaches for New York Athletic Club.
Lucas is the newest member of our Colorado Water Polo coaching staff joining us this past July 2019. Lucas primarily works with our goalies across all age groups.
Lucas began swimming competitively at age five, but he was not introduced to playing water polo until he began his high school career at Fenwick in Oak Park, Illinois. At Fenwick, Lucas played competitively as a field player for four years (2012-2015) where he and his team secured 2nd (2014) and 3rd (2015) place Illinois state titles.
At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Lucas transitioned into playing goalie for both the water polo team and the soccer team. This past season, during his student teaching, Lucas worked as an assistant coach/goalie coach for the Lyons Township Water Polo Team in LaGrange, IL. The Lions took 2nd (2019) at the Illinois state competition where their goalie made 18 saves and broke the school’s season record for most saves.