Santa Catalina names new athletic director

Santa Catalina School has named Kendra Klein as the school’s next athletic director.

Kendra most recently served as assistant athletic director and head water polo coach at Louisville High School, an all-girls private Catholic school in Woodland Hills, California. She has spent much of her 17-year career coaching water polo and swimming at the college level, leading teams to championships at University of the Pacific and Santa Rosa Junior College. As director of the women’s water polo program at Pride Water Polo Academy, she qualified four youth teams for the 2016 Junior Olympics. She also has served as an aquatics director, physical education instructor, and Red Cross lifeguard instructor; has organized numerous camps, clinics, and tournaments; and was the team manager for the 2013 USA Women’s Junior National Water Polo Team.

“I am really excited to become the athletic director at Santa Catalina. I feel like this is the perfect opportunity for me because of my passion to mentor and empower young women,” Kendra says. “What I find to be unique and special about working in athletics at an all-girls school is that female athletes are always the top priority. The success and achievements of female sports are consistently in the spotlight. Playing sports and being in an all-girls environment encourages healthy competitive spirit and risk-taking while developing resilience and greater self-confidence. I can’t wait to be a part of this community.”

Kendra was a talented college athlete. She was an All-American athlete in swimming and water polo at Santa Rosa Junior College and an NCAA DI All-American water polo player at CSU Northridge, where she competed on a full-ride scholarship.

Kendra holds an associate of arts degree in general education from Santa Rosa Junior College and a B.A. in political science from CSU Northridge, and is completing an M.A. in health exercise and sports science from University of the Pacific.

In addition to being Catalina’s athletic director, Kendra will serve as chair of the Physical Education Department. She takes over from Paul Elliott, who is moving north to coach beach volleyball at his alma mater, Southern Oregon University.

She will start at Catalina in early August.

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