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Matt Ustaszewski brings a wealth of knowledge to the Southwestern College aquatics program, with over 15 years of competitive swimming and 12 years of competitive coaching experience.
Ustaszewski attended Rocklin high school just outside of Sacramento, California. At Rocklin, he excelled as a team captain in three varsity sports. In 1999, he earned Rocklin high school’s male athlete of the year award and all-american honors in water polo. He still holds records for goals scored in a game, season and a career.
After graduating from Rocklin, Ustaszewski attended Sierra community college where he was named all-american in both water polo and swimming. He set multiple school records in both sports and still holds records for goals scored in a game, season and a career.
In 2001, Ustaszewski transferred to the University of California, San Diego where he played water polo for coach Denny Harper. In 2003, he was elected team captain and finished third on the team with 45 goals scored. During his time at UCSD, a Division II non scholarship program competing against Division I scholarship programs, the Tritons ended the season ranked fifth in the nation. They beat perennial powers USC, UCI, UCSB, Pepperdine, Long Beach State and UOP. In 2002, the Tritons won their 13th Western Water Polo Association championship and qualified for the NCAA Final Four. Ustaszewski graduated from UCSD with a 3.2 GPA and a degree in history and political science in 2004.
Ustaszewski is currently the men’s assistant water polo coach at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to his return back to UCSD, he served as the Jaguars' head men's water polo coach for four seasons. In 2007 and 2009, he was awarded the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He earned his teaching credential in Social Studies from San Diego State in 2007 and is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in physical education at Azusa Pacific University. He has coached for the Rocklin Wave, the Sierra Marlins and Heartland Swim Association as well as La Jolla Water Polo Club and Sunset San Diego Water Polo Club.
Ustaszewski is excited about the opportunities to work with the development and transitioning of high school swimmers into collegiate athletes. As a former community college athlete and a current collegiate coach, Ustaszewski understands how difficult the recruiting process to a four year university can be. His first goal of every swim season is to help each student-athlete transfer to a four year university to get their degree.
JENNIFER "JEFI" HARPER
619.421.6700 ext 5577
Jefi brings a wealth of water polo experience to Southwestern College
upon which she will continue to build the Jaguar women’s water polo
program. Jefi served as Assistant Coach to Carin Crawford at San Diego
State University Women’s Water Polo team from 1999 to 2001. As goalie
coach for University of California at San Diego women’s water polo team,
Jefi assisted in building one of the premier programs in the nation.
As a member of the USA National Team from 1986 to 1991, Jefi
participated in four US Olympic Festivals, earning three gold medals. As
a member of the USA team, Jefi competed in Hungary, Holland, Canada and
England and brings a wealth of international playing experience to her
During her own collegiate water polo career, Jefi was elected by her
teammates to serve as captain three years and was named First Team
All-American from 1989-1990 when UCSD won the Collegiate National Title
in during an unprecedented, undefeated season in 1990. Jefi was awarded
the coveted UCSD Athlete of the Year Award for the 1989-1990 academic
year. Also while attending UCSD, Jefi was one of the founding members of
the Triton Athletic Council.
Jefi graduated from UC San Diego in 1991 with a Bachelor Degree in
Psychology, and earned a Masters degree in Education from Azusa Pacific
in 2001. Jefi stresses the importance of a balance between athletics and
academics and her own accomplishments as a student-athlete inspire her
players to perform at the highest level both in the pool and in the
classroom. Her goal is to have 100% matriculation to four-year schools
for her athletes.
As a player for the Sunset Senior Women’s team, Jefi is a five-time
All-American from 1991 to present, helping her team win and
unprecedented 11 USA Senior National Championship titles.
With the inclusion of women’s water polo in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney
Australia and with the advent of the first NCAA championship for women’s
water polo in 2001, Jefi is proud to have played such an integral part
in the emergence of the women’s water polo on the national and
Jefi is married to Denny Harper, the head men’s water polo coach at UCSD
and they have three sons, Travis, Noah and Jack and two daughters Jenna
and Ellie. Along with her duties as head coach for women’s water polo,
Jefi is also a Professor of Aquatics and the Aquatic Coordinator for