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Pete Loporchio moves out of CV, Brent Danna moves in

Brent Danna takes over CV girls' swimming, polo with veteran coach Pete Loporchio moving on to L.A. Valley.

June 26, 2012|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
(Tim Berger/Staff…)

Instrumental in shaping and navigating both the girls' water polo and swimming programs of Crescenta Valley High into two of the school's and area's most consistently successful teams, Coach Pete Loporchio has moved on to chart the course of the L.A. Valley College aquatics programs and Brent Danna has moved in to steer the Falcons' respective ships.

"I'm definitely excited. To inherit a team that went 31-1 and went as far as it did last season and has only lost a few players and has the nucleus back is really exciting," said Danna, who, first-year coach or not, didn't hesitate to add the program's aspirations are to win a first-ever CIF championship for the program. "The competition's gonna be stiff throughout the division, but when you have the talent that we have at CV, the ultimate goal is always to win CIF."

Danna was hired late last week, he said, to take over both the girls' water polo and swimming teams, left vacant when Loporchio accepted positions helming Valley's women's water polo and swimming programs. Originally, Loporchio took on the women's water polo position in late-March, and was intending on staying on as the CV girls' water polo coach. But he was later offered the Valley swimming job and, with an overlap between the high school girls' polo season and the college women's swimming season, "it wouldn't be fair to either program," said Loporchio, who coached the girls' water polo team the last six seasons.

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Loporchio, who began the CV girls' water polo program along with Peter Kim, the school's current girls' athletic director, in 1996, leaves on the heels of the girls' swimming team winning its fifth straight Pacific League title in the spring and the girls' water polo team having won its third straight league crown before advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division V semifinals and ending the season with a 31-1 record.

"It's bittersweet," said Loporchio, 51, of leaving the water polo program after such a great season and with such talent set to return. "Obviously, there's a tremendous amount of talent coming back and upside. Honestly, I'd rather leave with the cupboard still full."

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