Kandace Waldthaler is entering her fourth season as an assistant coach for Indiana women's water polo. Waldthaler was a two-time letterwinner and a 2005 All-American at IU, playing for head coach Barry King in 2004 and 2005.
Waldthaler comes to IU after spending the spring of 2006 playing in the Australian National Water Polo League, the highest level of competition in the country. Waldthaler played for St. George, based out of Sydney, and was invited to be one of only three import players on the roster.
Waldthaler made an immediate impact during her two seasons with IU's water polo program, earning third-team American Water Polo Coaches Association (AWPCA) All-America honors during her senior season (2005). Waldthaler led the Hoosiers in scoring with 55 goals and also led the team in kickouts earned (55), made four-meter penalty shots (5) and hat tricks (9).
That year, she helped lead the Hoosiers to a 24-10 mark, including the program's first regular-season Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Western Division title. The Hoosiers also reached their highest ranking in school history at No. 6 and knocked off five top-10 opponents.
The Fairfield, Calif., native finished her career with 16 hat tricks, including one in each of her final four matches as a Hoosier. In her two-year career with IU, she finished ranked ninth on the career goals list with 96. Waldthaler was a two-time first-team CWPA All-Western Division selection. In her final season as a Hoosier, she was named first-team CWPA All-Eastern Championship after registering hat tricks in all three matches at the conference tournament.
Before coming to IU, Waldthaler was a Junior College All-American and a two-time All-State Tournament Team selection while playing for Sierra Junior College in Rocklin, Calif. She was also named her conference MVP in 2002 and was a two-time first-team all-conference selection.
Waldthaler served as a coach for the Sierra Water Polo Club in 2004, when she coached girls from ages 10-18. Additionally, she coached for the Davis Water Polo Club in the summer of 2005, where she was in charge of the girls' 12 and under team.
Waldthaler was a success in the classroom as well as the pool during her Hoosier career. She was named to the AWPCA Superior All-Academic Team in both 2004 and 2005. She graduated from IU in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science.
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