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September 11, 1989 | CHRIS FOSTER, Times Staff Writer
John Vargas almost always appears relaxed. But looks can be deceiving. As the water polo coach at Corona del Mar High School, he usually can be found pool side with the look of peaceful indifference. While his team practiced in the pool recently, Vargas sat nearby, tilting his chair against a chain-link fence. Wearing shorts and a T-shirt, sunglasses and loafers, it seemed to be a tossup over what concerned him more--the team or a decent tan. Until a mistake was made.
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January 23, 2001 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
After John Vargas reached perhaps the pinnacle of his profession last summer, he walked away from it. Vargas coached the U.S. men's water polo team at the Olympics in Sydney last year, but he withdrew himself as a candidate to take the national team job again. On Jan. 14, U.S. Water Polo named Ratko Rudic, who has coached the Yugoslavian and Italian teams to Olympic gold medals, as its new full-time coach. So was it the stress of the high-profile position that drove Vargas away?
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SPORTS
November 13, 1996 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Vargas is a 35-year-old man with a part-time job. He drives a vintage 1970s Volkswagen bus and lives alone in a sparsely furnished one-bedroom apartment. It could be the description of a slacker's life. Vargas, however, couldn't be further from that, as the high school water polo players he coaches at Corona del Mar High can testify. Emphasizing strenuous training, self-discipline and meticulous preparation, Vargas presides over one of the most successful athletic programs in Orange County.
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July 1, 1992 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
International water polo is not the best place for a little guy. Not with pools populated with 6-foot-8 Hungarians and rules that permit physical play. But if size is an issue for John Vargas, the smallest member of the U.S. national team, it's not a large one. Although he was the final player cut from the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, Vargas has become a valuable member of the 1992 team, which opens play Aug. 1 in Barcelona against Australia.
SPORTS
July 6, 1986
Jody Campbell, former Stanford star, had four goals Saturday to help the U.S. water polo team defeat Greece, 16-5, for its fourth straight victory at the Six Nations Tournament at Seville, Spain. Terry Schroeder (Pepperdine) and James Bergeson (Stanford) each added three goals and John Vargas (UC Irvine) scored twice for the U.S. team, which plays Spain today for the championship.
SPORTS
September 13, 1986 | Steve Fleischman
KEY PLAYS Calabasas' Darren Del'Andrae scored on a quarterback sneak with 8:45 left in the second quarter. . . . Larry Griffin (C) scored from three yards out with 33 seconds left in the half after Moorpark failed on a fake punt attempt. . . . Moorpark's lone score came with 1:59 left in the third quarter on a 15-yard run by quarterback Lloyd Thomas. . . . Del'Andrae threw a touchdown pass to John Vargas with 9:23 left in the game. . . .
SPORTS
October 30, 1986 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Considering recent history and what awaited the winner, Corona del Mar High School's 12-7 victory at Newport Harbor Wednesday in Sea View League water polo was pretty anticlimactic. The game was the last league regular-season contest for each team. Both entered the game undefeated. Translation: This was for the league championship. The game also marked the teams' second meeting in less than a week.
NEWS
January 23, 2001 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
After John Vargas reached perhaps the pinnacle of his profession last summer, he walked away from it. Vargas coached the U.S. men's water polo team at the Olympics in Sydney last year, but he withdrew himself as a candidate to take the national team job again. On Jan. 14, U.S. Water Polo named Ratko Rudic, who has coached the Yugoslavian and Italian teams to Olympic gold medals, as its new full-time coach. So was it the stress of the high-profile position that drove Vargas away?
SPORTS
November 13, 1996 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Vargas is a 35-year-old man with a part-time job. He drives a vintage 1970s Volkswagen bus and lives alone in a sparsely furnished one-bedroom apartment. It could be the description of a slacker's life. Vargas, however, couldn't be further from that, as the high school water polo players he coaches at Corona del Mar High can testify. Emphasizing strenuous training, self-discipline and meticulous preparation, Vargas presides over one of the most successful athletic programs in Orange County.
SPORTS
July 1, 1992 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
International water polo is not the best place for a little guy. Not with pools populated with 6-foot-8 Hungarians and rules that permit physical play. But if size is an issue for John Vargas, the smallest member of the U.S. national team, it's not a large one. Although he was the final player cut from the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, Vargas has become a valuable member of the 1992 team, which opens play Aug. 1 in Barcelona against Australia.
SPORTS
September 11, 1989 | CHRIS FOSTER, Times Staff Writer
John Vargas almost always appears relaxed. But looks can be deceiving. As the water polo coach at Corona del Mar High School, he usually can be found pool side with the look of peaceful indifference. While his team practiced in the pool recently, Vargas sat nearby, tilting his chair against a chain-link fence. Wearing shorts and a T-shirt, sunglasses and loafers, it seemed to be a tossup over what concerned him more--the team or a decent tan. Until a mistake was made.
SPORTS
October 30, 1986 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Considering recent history and what awaited the winner, Corona del Mar High School's 12-7 victory at Newport Harbor Wednesday in Sea View League water polo was pretty anticlimactic. The game was the last league regular-season contest for each team. Both entered the game undefeated. Translation: This was for the league championship. The game also marked the teams' second meeting in less than a week.
SPORTS
September 13, 1986 | Steve Fleischman
KEY PLAYS Calabasas' Darren Del'Andrae scored on a quarterback sneak with 8:45 left in the second quarter. . . . Larry Griffin (C) scored from three yards out with 33 seconds left in the half after Moorpark failed on a fake punt attempt. . . . Moorpark's lone score came with 1:59 left in the third quarter on a 15-yard run by quarterback Lloyd Thomas. . . . Del'Andrae threw a touchdown pass to John Vargas with 9:23 left in the game. . . .
SPORTS
July 6, 1986
Jody Campbell, former Stanford star, had four goals Saturday to help the U.S. water polo team defeat Greece, 16-5, for its fourth straight victory at the Six Nations Tournament at Seville, Spain. Terry Schroeder (Pepperdine) and James Bergeson (Stanford) each added three goals and John Vargas (UC Irvine) scored twice for the U.S. team, which plays Spain today for the championship.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1989
Four young professional artists from the Los Angeles area have won $2,000 each in the 1989 Dewar's Young Artists Awards. They are Bryan Pezzone (music), John Vargas (acting), Richard Wyatt (visual arts/painting) and Charles Webb (literature). The new awards recognized 10 young professional artists, ages 25-40, from throughout California. Some 21 local and regional arts councils were involved in the nomination process.
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