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NWPC Welcomes New Head Coach

By Newberg Admin, 06/21/21, 6:45PM PDT


E Komo Mai, Aukai Ferguson!

Welcome to our new Head Club Coach, Aukai Ferguson. E Komo Mai Aukai!

Aukai played collegiately at Chaminade University and Loyola Marymount University. He started his water polo coaching career as an assistant coach at Chaminade University in 1991.

In 1994 he help start the first public high school water polo league in Hawaii and was head coach at Kahuku High School. As a club sport, Kahuku won five straight club titles and was undefeated in league during this period. In 1999 he moved to Oregon and was Lake Oswego High School’s first water polo coach. Also, he coached at Forest Grove, was the head coach at Tualatin Hills for two years and helped found LOWPO.

Aukai returned to Hawaii in 2002 to become the Head Men’s Water Polo Coach for Brigham Young University-Hawaii. BYU-H was consistently in the top 20 nationally and was ranked as high as 13th in the nation in the weekly coaches poll. In 2004, Aukai resumed coaching at Kahuku High School and won five straight Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) high school girls league titles and was undefeated in league play. In 2004, high school girls water polo was official awarded a State Championship Tournament. Kahuku finished 3rd, and runner-up twice in three consecutive years.

Throughout his career, Aukai has coached with the regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) at all of the age group levels. He coached the 12U Boys at the 2019 Junior Olympics.  The last 5 years he has coached for LOWPO as the Head Youth Coach and Program Director.  Recently, he became the Head Coach of Boys and Girls Water Polo at Lakeridge High School.