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Susan Ortwein begins her 15th year on The Farm and first as associate head coach for the Stanford women's water polo program. In her 14 years on The Farm, Ortwein has coached the Cardinal to a 351-56 overall record, two NCAA titles, six NCAA runner-up finishes, and four MPSF Championship titles.
In the fall of 2010, Ortwein was named Stanford women's water polo's associate head coach after serving as assistant coach for the previous 13 years.
Last season she helped guide the Cardinal to a 26-3 overall mark and a perfect 7-0 record in MPSF play, only Stanford's second perfect MPSF season and first since 2002. Ortwein also helped Stanford reach the title game of the National Collegiate Championship for the seventh time.
In her first year, the Cardinal went 29-6 on its way to a No. 2 national ranking and a third-place finish at Collegiate Nationals. In 1999, Stanford turned in a 25-6 season and concluded the year with second place at the National Collegiate Championship game after falling to USC 7-6 in five overtimes. In 2000, Stanford finished with a third-place finish at Collegiate National Championship and a 28-5 record. In 2001, the Cardinal finished with its best record in school history at 27-1 and became the first-ever collegiate team to remain undefeated during the regular season. In 2002, the Cardinal posted a 23-2 record en route to its first-ever NCAA Championship. During the 2003 season, Stanford posted the program's third runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship, earning a 21-3 overall record. The Cardinal took third at the NCAA Tournament in 2004, placing second at the MPSF Tournament and completing a 19-5 overall record. In 2005, the team posted a 21-7 record and a NCAA runner-up finish, while in 2006, the Cardinal finished with an overall mark of 24-5 and third-place national finish. Stanford would go on to capture the MPSF regular reason championship and a second-place finish at the NCAA Championship in 2007 before claiming third-place national finishes in both 2008 and 2009.
Ortwein has primary responsibility for coaching Cardinal goalkeepers and two-meter players. Last season, converted two-meter Jacquelyn Gauthier earned second-team All-America honors while freshman goalkeeper Amber Oland was named to the All-America Third Team and also took home the MPSF Newcomer of the Year award. In 2007, two-meter player Christina Hewko and goalie Meridith McColl were named All-Americans for the second-straight season, and both received a third All-MPSF honor. In 2003, goalkeeper Jackie Frank was named NCAA Player of the Year and MPSF Goalie of the Year for the second consecutive season. Two-meter player Julie Gardner earned First-Team All-America and MPSF All-Conference honors that year as well.
As head coach of the Stanford Water Polo Foundation, Ortwein coached the team to a third-place finish at the 2008 Senior Nationals, and in 2007 guided the program to it's third National Championship, marking back-to-back 20-and-Under national titles for the squad. She also helmed the senior team to a fourth-place finish at the Senior Nationals as well. Current Stanford athletes garnered honors in the tournaments, with Kira Hillman being named the MVP of the 20/U tournament, Kelly Eaton earning All-American nods in both the 20/U and Senior National tournaments, and Jackie Gauthier being named a Senior Nationals All-American. Alex Koran and Heather West also competed for both Stanford squads. In 2003, the team won its first National Championship in Mission Viejo, Calif., led by former Cardinal players Laurel Champion, Lauren Faust and Kate Pettit. In 2004, the Stanford club team earned second-place at Senior Nationals, where recent alum Kelty Luber was honored as Tournament MVP and alums Hannah Luber and Nancy El-Sakkary were named All-Americans. At the 2004 Junior Nationals, the Stanford club team placed fourth, and also boasted the honor of having four players named to the All-Tournament team. During the summer of 2005, Ortwein's squad placed sixth at the USA Water Polo Championships and team member Christina Hewko earned Honorable Mention All-American honors.
On the international level, Ortwein was named assistant coach of the U.S. Senior National "B" Team in July 2010. Ortwein will serve on the coaching staff of the squad as it prepares for the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
In 1998, Ortwein served as assistant coach of the U.S. Senior National Team. In addition to her responsibilities at Stanford, she helped to prepare the U.S. women for the 2000 Olympic qualifying tournament in Italy. The 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where the U.S. won the silver medal, marked the first time women's water polo had been in the Olympic games.
Ortwein, a former collegiate water polo and swimming standout, came to The Farm from the University of the Pacific, where she spent two years at the helm of the Tiger women's water polo program.
At Pacific in 1996, Ortwein became the head coach of the school's first women's water polo team. Successful in establishing a competitive program, she completed her final year (1997) by guiding the Tigers to a 10-14 record, doubling the win total of the inaugural campaign, and establishing Pacific's place among the nation's top competitors.
Ortwein's coaching career began at her alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. She served as a graduate assistant coach for the Gaucho swim team in 1990-91 and as a women's water polo assistant in 1992-93.
In college, Ortwein was one of the top water polo players in UCSB history. A four-time All-American, she was instrumental in two Gaucho national championships (1987 and 1989) and one runner-up finish (1988). She was also an accomplished swimmer, helping UCSB to the Big West Conference title all four years.
She continued her water polo career with the U.S. National Team upon graduation. A national team member in 1991-92, she helped lead the U.S. to a third-place finish at the 1991 FINA World Cup.
Ortwein, a San Diego native, earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from UC Santa Barbara in 1990 and a master's degree in sport science in 1997 from Pacific.