Sergio Macias
Sergio Macias
Title: Head Coach
Phone: Ext. 2869
Email: smacias@cerritos.edu
Year: 15th (290-132 Record)
Previous College: Whittier College ('01)

Now in his 15th season as the Cerritos College women’s water polo coach and 14th as the swimming coach, Sergio Macias has led his water polo teams to the post-season nine times, include 2008 when they won the program’s first CCCAA State Championship. For the fourth season in a row, Macias guided the Falcons to a third place finish in the South Coast Conference and a berth in the Southern California Regional Playoffs the last three seasons in a row. In 2018, they finished with a 14-13 record. It marked the third season in a row the water polo team made it to the post-season and ninth time in his career.

In his first eight seasons, Macias led his water polo teams to 20-win seasons, which included a four-year stretch from 2006-09 where they posted a combined 114-15 record and three conference championships. They set a new school record with 31 wins in 2008 when they won the state title. Macias has guided his teams to five conference championships in his tenure.

In the last nine years, Macias has seen several of his players receive post-season honors, as nine players have earned All-American honors and 10 received All-Southern California recognition. Additionally, Macias was named the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2012, as well as in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011. During his tenure as the Falcons water polo coach, Macias has led his teams to a 276-119 (.699) career record.

Recently, the swim team has also experienced some success. In the last 10 seasons alone, 12 individuals and 12 relay teams have earned All-American honors, while all of the swim records have been broken. Although nobody qualified for the state championships in the last three seasons, the 2015 season saw four individual records broken, led by Amanda Loya, who set three of them. As a team, the Falcons finished in 25th place and saw Loya compete in three events. The team won their first-ever conference championship in 2009 and had five entries in the state championships in 2011, as the team came in 21st place. Last year, the team finished in sixth place at the South Coast Conference Championships.

Also, during the 2010 swimming season, Mehgan Carbajal and Jessie Ku earned All-American honors, while the duo of Jenel Lopez and Natalie Peng were named All-American in 2010. Macias also was named the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2009. In his 13 seasons, Macias has led the team to a 58-31 (.652) conference record. Both Stephanie Rosero and Salina Mesa earned All-American recognition in 2008, with Mesa and Ashley Badali being named All-Americans in 2007. His first All-American came in 2006 when Hanna Anzai received the honor.

In water polo during their state championship season in 2008, Macias led his team to several school records including their 31 wins, while they strung together a 22-match winning streak, which was matched in 2009. Additionally, three members of the team were named All-American, led by sophomore Stephanie Rosero, who was named the State Player of the Year, Southern California Player of the Year and South Coast Conference Players of the Year, which she earned for the second year in a row. She was joined by freshmen Natalie Peng and Yvonne Ruvalacaba, with two others earning All-Southern California honors. For his efforts in guiding the team to the state championship, Macias was named the women’s water polo State Coach of the Year and the South Coast Conference Coach of the Year. During the 2007 season, the Falcons won their first-ever Southern California Regional Playoff game in their first post-season appearance. The team finished with a 26-7 record in 2007 and Macias has guided his teams to over 20 wins in all seven of his years. Macias opened his career in 2005 by guiding the program to their first 20-win season (21-11) and a third place SCC finish. It also marked the first season a Falcon player had been named All-American (Berlyn Sanchez). They followed that with their first-ever SCC Tournament title in 2006, with Macias being named the Coach of the Year and three All-American selections. Joining Sanchez were Daisy Carrillo, who was the conference’s MVP and Jeannette Diaz. They advanced to the Southern California Regional Tournament in 2006 and concluded the season with a 28-3 mark, while during the season they won 19 matches in a row and won their first four tournaments in school history. In 2007, Stephanie Rosero was the team’s lone All-American selection, as the Falcons went 26-7 and shared the conference championship.

Macias came to Cerritos College with a successful background as both a coach and a player. He started his coaching career with one of the top club programs in the nation, Commerce Aquatics, where he also learned how to play water polo as a youngster. Macias then took over the Montebello High School water polo team who, at the time of his arrival, had only won one league championship for both the boy’s and girls’ varsity team. In a four-year span, Macias guided both the boy’s and girl’s water polo teams to three consecutive league championships. He led the boy’s water polo team to back-to-back C.I.F. Division III Championships and become the first sport in the school’s history to win back-to-back C.I.F. championships titles. He also led his girls’ team to the C.I.F. Division I semi-finals in 2005. Macias was named C.I.F. Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004, Los Angeles Times Coach of the Year 2003 and Whittier Daily News Coach of the Year 2004.

Macias played age-group club water polo with the City of Commerce where he had the privilege to participate in several Junior Olympics and Junior National Tournaments. At Bell Gardens High School, Macias helped lead his team to four consecutive league championships and back-to-back C.I.F. championships in 1995 and 1996. As a player, he earned the league’s Most Valuable Player, CIF Most Valuable Player, 1st Team All-CIF, 1st Team All-Southern California and 1st Team All-American honors. Macias still holds the CIF Southern Section record for most career goals with 706. While on the Bell Gardens High water polo team, one of his teammates was Brenda Villa, who spent four years as an assistant coach and has competed in the last four Olympic Games. Macias was also a member of the USA National Youth Team in 1994. After graduating high school he attended Whittier College where he became the school’s first-ever water polo player to receive SCIAC Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore. While at Whittier College, he was named 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team WWPA, and 1st Team All-American. Macias graduated from Whittier College in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Recreation.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology at California State University of Los Angeles in 2005.

SERGIO MACIAS YEAR-BY-YEAR WATER POLO COACHING RECORDS
YEAR RECORD ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2005 21-11 3rd Place South Coast Conference
2006 28-3 Southern California Regional Qualifier
    1st Place South Coast Conference
2007 26-7 Southern California Regional Qualifier
    2nd Place South Coast Conference
2008 31-3 State Champions
    Southern California Regional Qualifier
    South Coast Conference Tournament Champions
    1st Place South Coast Conference
2009 29-2 Southern California Regional Qualifier
    South Coast Conference Tournament Champions
    1st Place South Coast Conference
2010 22-8 3rd Place South Coast Conference
2011 27-5 Southern California Regional Qualifier
    South Coast Conference Tournament Champions
    1st Place South Coast Conference
2012 28-5 Southern California Regional Qualifier
    South Coast Conference Tournament Champions
    1st Place South Coast Conference
2013 14-17 4th Place South Coast Conference
2014 11-19 4th Place South Coast Conference
2015 10-16 3rd Place South Coast Conference
2016 16-11 Southern California Regional Qualifier
    3rd Place South Coast Conference
2017 13-12 Southern California Regional Qualifier
    3rd Place South Coast Conference
2018 14-13 Southern California Regional Qualifer
    3rd Place South Coast Conference
TOTALS 290-132 (.687)