ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Former Arizona State varsity women’s water polo assistant and head men’s collegiate club coach Ryan Castle has been hired as assistant coach of Hartwick College’s Division I women’s water polo program, effective immediately.
Castle arrives at Hartwick with an extensive coaching background at the club, high school, college, and international level.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Castle spent the last three seasons working to elevate the Sun Devil water polo programs. In 2008, he helped guide the ASU women’s varsity team to a school-record 21 wins and its highest national ranking (#4) in program history. Castle also piloted the Sun Devil men’s club team to a third-place finish at the National Collegiate Club Championship in the same calendar year.
Castle has served as the head coach of Sun Devil Water Polo Club (2007-10), South Irvine Water Polo Club (2006-07), and Great Aquatics Team of Orange (2006) in the last five years. Over the same span, he has coached the United States Water Polo Olympic Development Mountain Zone Junior Women’s Team.
In South Africa, Castle was an assistant coach with the South African Senior National Team from 2003 to 2005, while also serving as the head coach of the National "B" Team in 2004. In 2003, he was selected as the coach of the South African Youth National team as well as the Western Province senior provincial women’s team head coach in 2003 and the men’s team in 2004.
Castle began coaching at Wynberg Boy's High School in Cape Town for five years before taking over at Reddam House College in 2002. Between 2001 and 2005, he served as the provincial age group boys' and girls' teams coach for the Western Province while coaching Silvertree Water Polo Club (2001-05) and Stingrays Water Polo Club (2004-05).
Castle earned a bachelor's degree in Information Systems in 2001 and a post graduate Credential in Education in 2003 from the University of Cape Town.
Release courtesy Hartwick Athletic Communications