After its finest season in half a decade, the La Cañada High boys' water polo team is looking for a new leader after first-year Spartans Coach Steven Neville resigned about two weeks ago, citing "personal reasons."
Neville guided La Cañada to the CIF Southern Section Division III semifinals for the first time since 2007 in his first year with the team.
"I will tell you what I told my guys, 'I did resign. It was not my choice, but I did resign,'" said Neville, who guided the Spartans to a 22-7, 8-0 in Rio Hondo League record. "That is pretty much all I am going to put out there."
La Cañada High Athletic Director Craig Franzen said he was "shocked" when Neville resigned.
"We did not ask for his resignation," Franzen said. "He came in and gave it. He gave me his resignation and gave me his keys."
Franzen said filling the open coaching positions for the fall in boys' water polo and boys' cross country, since first-year Coach Andy Ligeti stepped down at the end of the cross-country season, are his first priority.