I just recently started photographing some of the local water polo matches in my hometown, as I start my preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. A couple of months ago, I went out to Santa Clara University to shoot some scrimmages there. And then, two weeks ago, I went out to photograph my neighbor and his club team at a local high school. Each time, I make sure to check in with the coach of the team, to make sure that I could shoot from the base of the pool and to offer up images for their own use.
Two weeks ago was the first time that I met Coach Ron Freeman, and as it turns out, it was the last time that I would meet him. I went out to shoot more images at a tournament today and found out that Coach Freeman had a massive heart attack and died a couple of days ago. What a shock.