Sydney Sonoda was announced as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan water polo team on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
Sonoda, a former player for Leonardi at Cal State Northridge, landed her first college coaching job after coaching the last two years at Elite Water Polo Club in Murrieta, Calif. She assisted in practice and game plans, developed an offseason strength and conditioning program and was involved in fundraising.
She also has experience as an assistant coach at Murrieta Valley High School, leading the JV team to a victory in the league finals and aiding the varsity to a CIF Division II championship. In 2015-16, she was a youth and cadet coach for the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program.
While coaching at the Elite Water Polo Club from 2014-16, Sonoda also was a designated instructional services aide at Murrieta Valley High School for one year after working as an extended daycare program assistant from 2012-14 at Encinitas Union School District.
Sonoda graduated from Cal State Northridge in 2011 with a dual degree in criminal justice and sociology. As a player at CSUN, she scored 143 career goals and had 101 career steals. She was a two-time All-Big West selection and honorable mention All-American in 2010. She earned the team’s work ethic award in 2009, the team’s offensive MVP in 2011 and the team’s rookie of the year honor in 2008.