The Murrieta Valley boys’ and girls’ water polo teams will once again be guided by Bryan Lynton, who returns after coaching with Team USA the past five years. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Murrieta Valley High School Athletic Director Darin Mott announced last week that Bryan Lynton will be returning as the head girls’ and boys’ water polo coach.

Coach Lynton came to Murrieta Valley in 1998 as a teacher and coach, where he quickly became one of the most successful and respected water polo coaches in the country. During his tenure at Murrieta Valley, he guided the boys’ team to 19 consecutive Southwestern League championships, with seven appearances as CIF Finalists, ending with two CIF Championships. They claimed section championships in 2006 and 2015.

Bryan Lynton, pictured here with Paralympian Rudy Garcia-Tolson, served as an advisor, consultant and coach for the under 18 USA National Team and is also the USA Men’s and Women’s O.D.P. Technical Director. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The girls’ teams were equally successful with 15 SWL Championships, six appearances as CIF Finalists and five CIF Championships. Their titles came in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2016.

“The biggest reason for coming back is that I’ve really missed it,” Lynton said. “I stepped away when my kids were playing in college at the same time. I’m looking forward to getting back out there and doing something that I really love to do.”

During his five years away from MVHS he served as an advisor, consultant and coach for the under 18 USA National Team and is currently the USA Men’s and Women’s O.D.P. Technical Director.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Lynton back as our head boys’ and girls’ water polo coach,” Mott said. “His depth of knowledge on the sport and his past successes are unparalleled in Southern California. He is not only a great coach, but also an even better person. He treats his athletes with dignity and respect and develops them into outstanding young men and women.”

Bryan Lynton, pictured here (second from left) with other championship coaches from Murrieta Valley, led the water polo programs to a combined seven CIF Southern Section titles prior to leaving five years ago. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Lynton will take over for Chris Boyer, who guided both programs for the past three seasons. Lynton said Boyer will stay on as an assistant coach and continue to operate the Elite Water Polo club program.

“The goals are going to be the same as before, and those are winning league titles, competing for (section) titles, and just playing at the highest level possible,” Lynton said.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.