Luis Cuevas has played water polo for over 18 years in the Houston area. As a senior at Clear Creek High School, he won the Texas State Championship and earned first team All-State honors. Luis is also currently an active member of HOPS water polo club.
Luis was previously a coach at Wildcat Water polo and coached kids from 5-18 years old. He graduated from Austin College, which is now the only NCAA water polo program in the state of Texas.
Kelly Dimmick has been associated with organized water polo programs for over 20 years at the high school, collegiate, and coaching levels. Kelly was a 2-year All State athlete and varsity team captain for Clear Lake High School, leading the team to multiple state title champion playoff games, in addition to being selected as a Texas representative to the Olympic training camp program. She furthered her athletic career on an academic and athletic scholarship, playing for the University of Redlands (Redlands, CA), as a 2-sport athlete in both water polo and swimming. At the UofR, she helped her team win the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference all four years, and helped the team win the national title for division III programs in 2002.
After graduating, Kelly was offered a teaching position within the Clear Creek Independent School District, and the opportunity to coach for Lonestar (later renamed the Texas Cowboys) a year-round age group waterpolo team that fed into the Clear Lake High School. She also did a couple seasons coaching Wildcat Waterpolo. Her passion and dedication to the sport of water polo allowed her to stay in that position for eight years, until the birth of her 2nd child.
Now, back from a 5-year sabbatical of raising 2 children, Kelly has been given the privilege to re-engage in the sport, that she is so passionate about. Kelly has been dedicated to the development of elite athletes; focusing on age-group teams that include children just learning the sport to those about to enter high school. As a member of the Southside Water Polo Club, Kelly is excited to promote the sport, teach the basics of skill and strategy, and set these athletes on a trajectory for success at the high school and collegiate levels.
Her motto: Teach the why, and they will know how to execute in a game situation.
Kelly, her husband, two children, and two dogs live in Clear Lake, TX., love being outside and competing - in anything.
Hello! My name is John Cox! I will be joining Southside Water Polo to coach this season! I have played for 7 years at Thunder WP then coached with them for a year. I then moved to Austin to coach Aquatex WP for two years, and now I'm in Houston!
I am super excited for this season and to work with all the great athletes! Go Honey Badgers!!!
Chris Ordoñez began his water polo career at Clear Creek High School where he became the starting goalie and captain of the 2005 Texas State Water Polo Championship team. He also participated in the 2006 Junior Olympics in San Jose CA as the starting goalie for the Houston Championship Team, coached by Joe Linehan. After graduating he accepted a music scholarship at Pepperdine University in Southern California.
Even though his career as a player was put on hold, he found other avenues to stay connected within the sport, and in 2009 Chris was made head coach of the Pepperdine Women’s Club Water Polo Team. He focused on players’ growth, and instilling the use of proper form and healthy technique within the sport. His players would compete in high level tournaments throughout Southern California and had success over NCAA Division I teams.
Chris is a goalie for the local Masters Team HOPS, and is currently officiating for USAWP, and Texas High School Games and tournaments. His involvement within youth water polo expands over 18 years and he is looking forward to continuing his contribution in building the sport here in the Greater Houston Area.
Jessica Canfield Otten was an All-American water polo player in High School. She regularly played club water polo and played for the Southwest Zone team. She then went on to play Division 1 water polo at Indiana University. While a student at Indiana, she studied abroad in Europe and Africa.
In her personal life, Jessica has two children Elinor and James "Dougie". She also has a dog named Harold. Jessica is a private practice mental health therapist.