Johnny Bega
Johnny  Bega

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Long Beach State, 1999


Searches To Begin For Head Coaches In Baseball & Women's Water Polo

Dave Nakama and Johnny Bega were the SJSU head coaches in baseball and women's water polo, respectively.


San Jose State Completes ZUMO LMU Invitational women's water polo sweep

Rae Lekness finished the weekend scoring 17 goals for the Spartans.


Yates Is Long For "Yes" As #11-Spartans Get Doubleheader Sweep

5-5 McKenna Yates was a "10" for the Spartans at the ZUMO LMU Invitational.


Loaded Field For 2nd Annual LouStrong Memorial Tournament

San Jose State is one of five preseason top-10 ranked teams in the nine-team field.


Three Dynamic, High-Scoring Girls Water Polo Players Sign With San Jose State

The Spartans added firepower to a potent lineup.


2014 Team Summer European Trip

The Spartans trained in Spain and Hungary during the summer of 2014.

Johnny Bega was appointed San Jose State University's women's water polo head coach in July 2014 after eight years in various coaching capacities. Four of the Spartans’ five 20-win seasons occurred since he first joined the program after the 2006 season.


Bega has 61 coaching wins and three 20-win seasons on his ledger, despite only one season as the program’s full-time head coach. The most recent 20-win season was in 2015 when San Jose State posted a 21-10 win-loss record, finished fifth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament and eighth in the final national coaches poll.


He was named the interim head coach in December 2013 following the untimely death of long-time head coach Lou Tully. The 2014 team was 20-13 and recorded three wins against teams ranked eighth or higher nationally at the time of the contest.


With a team that set a program record for scoring with 393 goals, despite his interim status and playing in the toughest conference in the country, Bega was named the 2014 MPSF Coach of the Year. The Spartans were seventh in the final national coaches poll.


From 2009 through 2013, he was the associate head coach. Bega joined San Jose State as an assistant coach in 2006, after spending 2006 as the volunteer assistant women's water polo coach at Santa Clara University.


During the 2009 season, Bega handled many of the game-day head coaching responsibilities when Mr. Tully was undergoing medical treatments. The Spartans posted a 20-14 win-loss record, set a then single-season school record with 377 goals scored and finished sixth in the final national coaches' poll.


Bega also has international coaching experience. He developed a strong background at the international level when he was the USA national Zone 11 junior girls' and youth boys' head coach. From 1997 until 2001, Bega coached water polo in Japan, Hungary, Brazil, Greece and Holland. During the summer of 2014, Bega and the Spartans spent 10 days touring, training and playing exhibitions in Spain and Hungary.


The Spartans' head coach also has a winning history coaching at the club and high school level. As the head coach of the Long Beach Shore Aquatics club team from 1996 until 2002, his teams won five gold medals, seven silver medals and four bronze medals at the Junior Olympics.


His success in the prep ranks began at Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. While there, Wilson earned the CIF boys Division I title three times. He also claimed the 2001 Sunset League boys and girls titles as the head coach at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, Calif. In 2007, Bega led the Menlo-Atherton High School boys' team to the C.I.F. Division I championship.


The 1999 Long Beach State graduate majored in vocational education. Bega, his wife, Alexandra, and daughter, Kiera, reside in San Jose.

Johnny Bega at SJSU Position Team Record Final National Ranking
2007 Assistant Coach 16-13 6th
2008 Assistant Coach 16-15 7th
2009 Associate Head Coach 20-14 6th
2010 Associate Head Coach 17-14 7th
2011 Associate Head Coach 21-13 5th
2012 Associate Head Coach 19-13 9th
2013 Associate Head Coach 12-12 12th
2014 Interim Head Coach 20-13 7th
2015 Head Coach 21-10 8th
Coaching Record (3 seasons) 61-37