Sam Bailey is currently a teacher at Beckman High School.
Bailey is no stranger to success. As Head Coach at Corona del Mar High School, his teams (boys and girls) never finished worse than the semifinals in CIF Division I Water Polo, and once won the CIF Division I Championship. More importantly, Bailey's student-athletes have gone on to study and compete at outstanding universities nationwide: Harvard, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, USC, Princeton, Brown, BYU, LMU, University of Hawaii, and San Diego State.
Prior to his success at Corona del Mar, Bailey served as Assistant Coach to Adam Krikorian and the UCLA Men's & Women's Water Polo Teams (2007-08), and to John Vargas and the Stanford University Men's Water Polo Team (2005-06). Bailey was also Head Coach of the Corona del Mar Boys' Water Polo Team (2004-05). He is also a member of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2011 inductee).
Bailey's coaching honors include:
- USA Water Polo Southern Pacific Zone Scholastic Coach of the Year, 2015
- CIF Division I Coach of the Year, Girls' Water Polo - 2013
- Orange County Coach of the Year, Girls' Water Polo - 2013
- USA Water Polo National Scholastic Coach of the Year - 2012
- CIF Division I Coach of the Year, Boys' Water Polo - 2004
Bailey's coaching successes include:
- CIF Division I Champions, CDMHS Girls' Water Polo - 2013
- CIF Division I Runner-up, CDMHS Girls' Water Polo - 2012
- California High School State Champions, CDM Aquatics Club - 2012 & 2011
- NCAA Division I Champions, UCLA Women's Water Polo - 2008
- NCAA Division I Runner-up, Stanford Men's Water Polo - 2005