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Water polo coaches earn contract extensions


Women's water polo coach John Tanner (front) and men's counterpart John Vargas signed long-term contract extensions, the school announced Thursday. (DON FERIA/
Women’s water polo coach John Tanner (front) and men’s counterpart John Vargas signed long-term contract extensions, the school announced Thursday. (DON FERIA/

Stanford Athletics announced Thursday that the Cardinal’s two water polo coaches, John Vargas and John Tanner, signed long-term contract extensions. They had a combined 27 years of experience on the Farm entering the 2013-14 academic year.

Vargas began coaching the men’s team in 2002, guiding the Card to an NCAA title in his first season, and has compiled a winning percentage above .750 over his career. Stanford is off to a 7-1 start in 2013.

Tanner’s career with the women’s team is even more impressive. He has been named MPSF Coach or Co-Coach of the Year five times in 16 seasons, coaching two NCAA championship teams and going 380-59 with the Cardinal. Tanner’s women’s team competes in the spring season.

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Joseph Beyda is the editor in chief of The Stanford Daily. Previously he has worked as the executive editor, webmaster, football editor, a sports desk editor, the paper's summer managing editor and a beat reporter for football, baseball and women's soccer. He co-authored The Daily's recent football book, "Rags to Roses," and covered the soccer team's national title run for the New York Times. Joseph is a senior from Cupertino, Calif. majoring in Electrical Engineering. To contact him, please email jbeyda "at"