Loyola Marymount continued its commitment to Building Champions, hiring a fulltime assistant coach for the LMU men's water polo program for the start of the 2004 season. Justin Jewell was that choice and he will be in his second season with the Lions' program.
Jewell will be a full-time assistant for just the men's program as the University committed to adding a separate full-time assistant for both the men's and women's teams.
Entering his second full-time collegiate coaching assignment, Jewell helped the Lions continue its run of championships. In his first season the Lions once again won the WWPA and advanced to its fourth NCAA tournament in five years.
Jewell came to LMU with experience. He graduated from Long Beach State with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education in 2003. He played water polo all four seasons at Long Beach State and was a two-time All-MPSF performer, earning honorable mention honors in 2000 and third-team honors in 2001.
Jewell went on to play for the United States Water Polo National Team for two seasons, last playing in 2002. He earned his California Single Subject Credential at Long Beach State in 2005.
He joined LMU after serving as an assistant coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach. He was the assistant coach for the girls's water polo, girl's swimming and boy's water polo programs. He also was a physical education teacher at La Cumbre Junior High School in Santa Barbara.
Jewell's other coaching background includes six years with Shore Aquatics in Long Beach, coaching the 12-and-under youth program for one year and the women's masters program for two years.
He assisted the Long Beach State women's water polo program for a summer in 2002. He was the United States Development Youth Camp team player representative and skill demonstrator for the Youth Camp held in December of 2002 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.