The Spartans started last season 1-0 and hope to do the same this year.
A two-time San Jose State University All-American, Beth Harberts is in her first season as the Spartans’ women’s water polo assistant coach.
Harberts also recently completed her second season on the San Jose State men’s water polo coaching staff. She was a volunteer assistant for the 2015 season and the assistant coach in 2016.
The new Spartan women’s water polo assistant coach has a vast array of club and community college coaching experiences since she finished her San Jose State playing career in 2008.
She was the West Valley College women’s water polo head coach for six seasons (2009-14). The 2014 Vikings team was her best posting a 12-10 win-loss record, a second-place finish in the regular season Coast Conference standings, second place in the conference tournament and an invitation to the NorCal Championship.
As the 2015 San Jose State men’s club team head coach, Harberts led the club to a 16th-place ranking in the final national poll and was named the Sierra Pacific Conference Coach of the Year.
She also has head coaching experience with co-ed, boys, and girls club programs in the under-12, 14, 16 and 18-year old age ranges in Santa Clara County.
One of the top goal scorers in school history, Harberts was the seventh San Jose State women’s water polo player to score at least 100 goals and finished her career with 112 scores. She was a 2007 third-team All-American as a junior and an honorable mention All-American her senior season. The 2007 Spartans were the first San Jose State team to score 300 goals in a season and were ranked sixth in the final national coaches’ poll.
The 2007 San Jose State University graduate majored in kinesiology. She was a two-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Scholar All-American and a three-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic team honoree. Harberts earned her master’s degree in kinesiology from San Jose State in 2014.
She has certifications as an aquatics facilities operator, an American Red Cross lifeguard instructor, an American Red Cross lifeguard, and CPR/AED for the professional rescuer.