Jefi brings a wealth of water polo experience to Southwestern College upon which she will continue to build the Jaguar women’s water polo program. Jefi served as Assistant Coach to Carin Crawford at San Diego State University Women’s Water Polo team from 1999 to 2001. As goalie coach for University of California at San Diego women’s water polo team, Jefi assisted in building one of the premier programs in the nation.
As a member of the USA National Team from 1986 to 1991, Jefi participated in four US Olympic Festivals, earning three gold medals. As a member of the USA team, Jefi competed in Hungary, Holland, Canada and England and brings a wealth of international playing experience to her coaching repertoire.
During her own collegiate water polo career, Jefi was elected by her teammates to serve as captain three years and was named First Team All-American from 1989-1990 when UCSD won the Collegiate National Title in during an unprecedented, undefeated season in 1990. Jefi was awarded the coveted UCSD Athlete of the Year Award for the 1989-1990 academic year. Also while attending UCSD, Jefi was one of the founding members of the Triton Athletic Council.
Jefi graduated from UC San Diego in 1991 with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, and earned a Masters degree in Education from Azusa Pacific in 2001. Jefi stresses the importance of a balance between athletics and academics and her own accomplishments as a student-athlete inspire her players to perform at the highest level both in the pool and in the classroom. Her goal is to have 100% matriculation to four-year schools for her athletes.
As a player for the Sunset Senior Women’s team, Jefi is a five-time All-American from 1991 to present, helping her team win and unprecedented 11 USA Senior National Championship titles.
With the inclusion of women’s water polo in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Australia and with the advent of the first NCAA championship for women’s water polo in 2001, Jefi is proud to have played such an integral part in the emergence of the women’s water polo on the national and international scene.
Jefi is married to Denny Harper, the head men’s water polo coach at UCSD and they have three sons, Travis, Noah and Jack and two daughters Jenna and Ellie. Along with her duties as head coach for women’s water polo, Jefi is also a Professor of Aquatics and the Aquatic Coordinator for Southwestern College.