Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them.
— Eddie Robinson

Misha Buchel is in his 11th year as the Acalanes Girls Varsity Head Coach.  Under his leadership, the Lady Dons have advanced to the NCS Semifinals the last 5 years, including two runner-up finishes, the best in school history.  Misha began his water polo life at Clayton Valley High School in Concord where he was a 1st Team All-NorCal player.  After graduating from UCSD with a degree in Bioengineering, he began coaching the boys and girls teams at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, CA.  He has coached at Acalanes since returning to the Bay Area in 2005.  When he’s not coaching water polo, he’s either teaching math and engineering at Acalanes HS (where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2012), or spending time in the outdoors with his wife Brittany and sons Jonas and Peter.

Pat Reid is a graduate of Cal Berkeley where he won two NCAA championships. He was an All American and Team Captain. He played for two legendary coaches - Pete Cutino and Steve Heaston. In high school in Merced, he was a three time All American. In 2015, he was inducted into Merced High School's Inaugural Hall of Fame. He continues to play water polo with the Olympic Club. He has been coaching the girls at Acalanes since 2008 and had helped with the boys' program for several years before that. 

Casey Reid started playing water polo when she was eleven. She was a four-year Varsity player at Acalanes High School where she was named Most Valuable Defender in 2010. She was earned All American and 1st Team All DFAL accolades.   She recently graduated UC Berkeley where she played Division I Lacrosse all four years. Casey continues to play water polo when she can with the Soda Mom's.