Chino High School and Athletic Director Mike Hinkle set out in search of a coach that would bring stability and pride back to the Chino Water Polo Program after the Cowboys have slipped CIF Divisions in the past few years with constant coaching turnover. Chino High School have selected Chris Hulme to take the reigns and start the rebuilding process.
Coach Hulme has water polo programmed into his DNA where he learned under Doug Kimberly and Galen Diaz in a program that won 2 CIF Championships (Div 2) and 3 League Titles at Esperanza High School in the 90’s. As a coach, Hulme started his career as Assistant Varsity Head Coach/Head JV Coach at Ramona High School winning Two Undefeated League Championships for Girls and Boys JV Water Polo. After finding initial success, Hulme moved to Jurupa Valley High School and took over the Girls Varsity and JV Programs for a season, winning two more League Championships. Ramona called him back home and in his first season back, Coach Hulme picked up duties as the Assistant Varsity Head Coach for Swim, winning a League Championship for the Boys Varsity Program, then followed by another Boys JV Water Polo League Championship in the fall. Looking for a potential opportunity, he ventured to Indian Springs High School as the new Head JV Girls Coach and in his first season helped the Coyotes to their first League Championship in school history. Along with his High School success, Coach Hulme has coached at the Club Level, most recently at Riverside Water Polo, where he was a part of a team that took the Silver Medal at The Junior Olympics (12UG Championship Bracket) in 2017.
Coach Hulme is eager to have stability as well as the Cowboys, with both looking for long term success and development. Hulme’s initial goal is to get the student athletes to believe in themselves and create a positive environment for them to learn and succeed. Positivity and self belief is a huge foundation piece in his team strategy and will encourage everyone the importance of buying into the new team philosophy.
The Chino Water Polo Program has seen some deep CIF Playoff runs in the past five years with a drop off coming more recently. Hopefully, with the hiring of their new coach, the program can return to glory and create new successes in their future.