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Garces names Eric Marsh new Director of Aquatics

Garces Memorial High School is pleased to announce Eric Marsh as the new director of aquatics.

Marsh comes to Garces after six successful seasons as an assistant coach at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and replaces Jason Gall, who resigned in April to take a job at Dallas-Jesuit High School in Texas. 

Marsh, an Arroyo Grande native, was an assistant for the men’s water polo, swimming and diving and women’s basketball programs during his time at Cuesta and brings a wealth of experience to the aquatics programs at Garces and will start his tenure at the Salvucci Aquatics Center on June 21. 

“We’ve heard nothing but great things about Eric Marsh. We are excited to have him take control of the aquatics programs,” Garces Memorial athletic director Gino Lacava said. “He is young, enthusiastic and ready to roll with a ton of experience as a water polo coach.”

Marsh also has a nearly decade-long career in the club water polo circuit in Arroyo Grande, developing young players since 2012.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to spread my wings a little bit,” Marsh said. “This is great for me to move out of the club and go to the high school level. Garces is a great program. I am excited to continue the legacy.”

At Cuesta, Marsh quickly learned about what playing for Garces is like, having former water polo standouts Mason Smith and Eric Klang on roster for the Cougars.

“With coaching some alumni (at Cuesta), I heard about the family atmosphere and tradition of winning there,” Marsh said. “It’s about the tradition and family atmosphere that drew me to Garces.”

Marsh was a standout in water polo in college. The 2009 graduate of Arroyo Grande High School was named 2010-2011 Male Athlete of the Year at Cuesta College before playing his final two years in college at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

“I want to make our student athletes better people in and out of the pool,” Marsh said. “They can be great in the pool, but if they aren’t successful in the classroom, it means nothing. I want them to be as passionate about being better human beings as I want them to be.”

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