Both Burroughs High and Burbank navigated through the last boys' water polo season headed by first-year coaches. Now it is the girls' teams turn to do the same, with both the Indians and Bulldogs welcoming new head coaches to captain their programs.
Continuing to parallel each other, both schools will turn to a former Indians player to replace a departing head coach with the name of Garcia.
At Burroughs, Michael Singhanate steps in for Danny Garcia, while at Burbank, Allyson Young takes over for Kristina Garcia (no relation).
The Indians have experienced success over the last few seasons, and Singhanate inherits a squad brimming with experience.
"Our priority is our defense, first and foremost. We're working on staying ahead and keeping the pressure high on defense," said Singhanate, a 2008 Burroughs graduate who also took over the boys' program this past season.
Burbank is looking to get some stability with its third coach in as many seasons, although Young comes in with a leg up after serving as an assistant last year.