Molly Cahill enters her ninth season on the UCLA women's water polo coaching staff and her seventh as a full-time assistant coach under Brandon Brooks. A four-year UCLA women's water polo letterwinner (2004-07), Cahill helped guide the Bruins to the MPSF Tournament title in 2010, 2012, and again in 2015, after having served as an undergraduate assistant coach in 2008.
Cahill has helped guide the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament for the last 11 consecutive years. Likewise, she has lifted UCLA to the NCAA championship in five of her 10 previous seasons: three as a student-athlete (2005-07) and one as undergraduate assistant coach in 2008.
Last season, the Bruins edged out Cal, 9-8, in the MPSF Championship. The victory gave the Bruins their third conference title since 2010 and 10th overall, a conference high. The Bruins earned an automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Championship, where they downed UC San Diego, 9-2, in the quarterfinals and beat Cal, 9-5, in the semis. UCLA's season ended with a 7-6 loss to Stanford in the NCAA title match. Rachel Fattal and Sami Hill earned first-team All-Tournament accolades, while Emily Donohoe secured second-team acclaim. Cahill helped guide the Bruins to a 24-2 record on the year (.923).
Two years ago, Cahill assisted in the Bruins' run to the NCAA championship match. UCLA was the runner-up at season's end, but its 27-5 overall record represented its most successful season with Brooks and Cahill on the staff. The Bruins handed Stanford a 9-6 loss on Feb. 23, and beat USC twice at season's end, including a 5-3 triumph in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
In 2013, the Bruins recorded a third place national finish and also captured third at the NCAAs that season. The Bruins posted a 28-7 overall record, the highest number of victories in her five seasons as an assistant coach.
In 2012, Chaill helped guide the Bruins to a third place finish at the NCAA Championship and their second MPSF Tournament title under Brooks' tutelage. UCLA posted a 23-4 overall record, 5-2 in the MPSF regular season race.
In 2011, Cahill worked alongside head coach Brandon Brooks for the second consecutive year. The Bruins went 26-7, finishing third at the NCAA Tournament after posting a second-place finish at the MPSF Tournament.
In 2010, Cahill helped a young team, devoid of any seniors on the roster, improve over the course of the season and win the MPSF Tournament title as the conference's fifth-seeded team. The Bruins defeated No. 4-seed Hawai'i and No. 1-seed Stanford before taking down No. 2-seed USC in the tournament's title match at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center.
Serving as an undergraduate assistant coach in 2008, Cahill helped guide the Bruins to their fourth consecutive NCAA title - a streak that she helped start during her sophomore season in 2005. UCLA posted a perfect 33-0 record that season, duplicating a feat the program had accomplished in 2005.
In four seasons as a UCLA student-athlete, Cahill scored 95 goals on 260 attempts and played in all 123 matches. She earned MPSF All-Academic Team honors her final three seasons (2005-07). Cahill was recognized as an ACWPC All-Academic "excellent" selection in 2005.
A senior in 2007, Cahill logged 26 goals on 52 attempts, collecting 12 steals and 11 assists. She scored 14 goals on 35 attempts her junior season (2006) and added 17 goals on 38 attempts as a sophomore (2005). The native of Santa Barbara, Calif., registered a career-best 38 goals on 135 attempts as a freshman (2004) before earning MPSF All-Freshman Team honors that spring.
Cahill, 28, graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in History.