Dana Hills girls water polo coach Nick Baba, who guided the Dolphins to the Sea View League title and an appearance in the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals this past season, has resigned, he confirmed Monday.
Baba, a well-established and respected figure in Orange County water polo, said the school administration asked him to resign. The first-year Dana Hills coach said the administration said it wanted to go in a different direction.
“We thank Coach Baba for his tenure as the Dana Hills High School girls water polo coach and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” co-athletic director Matt Reid said in an e-mail Tuesday.
Baba, who also heads the Kahuna Water Polo Club in Irvine, has circulated a letter about his resignation. Here is his complete letter:
Great Season and Farewell!
Many thanks to all of the athletes and parents who contributed to make this past season a success!
When I took over the program last Spring I had every intention stabilizing the program that seemingly had a different coach each year. I discovered and corrected certain behaviors that could have opened up the school and district to lawsuits in addition to CIF Blue Book violations that I was obligated to report so as to not have the program come into disrepute.