Coaches

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Kyle Davenport

Middle School and Elementary School Head Coach

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.


Kailin Isaacson

High School Head Coach
Coach/Girls/Center Defender Position Coach

Kailin primarily coaches our high school athletes, as well as our girl’s team.

Kailin joined Colorado Water Polo in 2003 as an athlete and one of the first female players on the team. 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 a position as team captain. Her senior year Colorado State was ranked in the top 20 college teams in the nation after upsetting the Univerisity of San Diego and finished 4th in the WWPA Conference Championships.

Kailin rejoined the Pirates after college as a coach in 2011. Kailin is always striving to improve and is a member of the 2022-2023 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.

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Maureen Mitchell

Middle School and Elementary School 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.


Sean Tierney

Middle School and High School Coach

Sean has spent most of his life in a speedo.  He started swimming at age 6 for his local Boys Club in CT and was first introduced to water polo in HS.  He went on to play four years at Bucknell University in the 1990s.  After college, he has moved around the country and played master’s water polo at almost every stop.  While living in Seattle in the late 1990s, he helped start a team at Bellevue High School.  In 2001, Sean was honored as the HS State coach of the year.  That team continues to enjoy tremendous success, including placing many players on Division 1 teams.
Sean comes from a water polo family.  His older brother Michael brought water polo into the house when he was younger.  Sean’s younger sister Kim was the first female to play on the Greenwich High School boys’ team.  Kim followed Sean to Bucknell where she lead the transition of the women’s team from a club to varsity.  Most recently, Kim spearheaded the formation of Greenwich Aquatics, one of the top club teams in the country.  Water polo continues on with the next generation, with nieces, nephews, and now Sean’s youngest son (Dexter) all picking up the sport.

Jake McClelIen

High School Coach/Goalie Coach

Jake swam competitively starting at age 6, and started water polo his freshman year of high school at Washington High School in Fremont, California. He fell in love with it and started playing year-round right away for West Coast, De Anza-Cupertino Aquatics (DACA), and West Valley. In high school, Jake advanced to varsity and was team captain, he earned team MVP awards and all section team his senior year. Jake played 2 years at Sierra College (CA) in Rocklin, California. His second year, the team won the big 8 conference, finished 2nd in NorCal, made the State Championship tournament and finished 4th in California.

After two years in Junior college, Jake transferred to Chico State and played club where his team ranked high as number 8 in the country during his senior year.


Ryan Bannon

High School Coach/Sundays

Ryan grew up playing water polo in Colorado and joined the Pirates in 2012 as a youth player. He recently graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania in 2022 where he played Division III water polo from 2019-2022 earning the title of team captain his senior year. Ryan has returned to Colorado to earn his Law Degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. Ryan has been a regular coach at Sunday practices each summer and has become a permanent figure as of the Fall of 2023, he would like to see the team and the sport continue to grow and to introduce our high school athletes to a high level of play and tactics that will serve them throughout their water polo careers. Ryan was awarded numerous athletic and academic honors during school as well as receiving the first-ever Big Waves Foundation scholarship. For more information on the Big Waves Foundation visit: www.bigwavesinc.org

Ellie Mix

Middle School/Elementary School Coach

Ellie joined the Pirates in 2014 as a 10U player and played with us for 8 years. She was recruited to play Division 1 water polo at Cal State Long Beach as a center. She played there for the 2022-2023 season before deciding to attend nursing school here in Colorado. Ellie participated in the Olympic Development Program for 3 years and made it to the National Team Selection Camp each year, she made the Development National Team in 2018. Ellie is excited to get to know and help every player and can’t wait to be back with the Pirates!