Los Alamitos High School Hall of Fame – Jackie Frank DeLuca (’98)


Jacqueline (Jackie) Frank DeLuca
Class of 1998

Hometown: Long Beach
Current Residence: Long Beach, CA
inducted: 2008

Jacqueline (Jackie) Frank is not only the most decorated goalies to come out of Los Alamitos High School, she is also one of the best in the history of US water polo.

At Los Alamitos Jackie competed on both the swim and water polo teams and was named First-Team All-America in water polo each of her four years. Her Los Al Griffins water polo team won the Southern Section Championship in 1996 and her swimming team won the Southern Section Championship in 1994. In her junior year, her girls water-polo team finished 24-0.

Frank accepted a scholarship to play at Stanford University, but she redshirted as a freshman in 1999 to train with the U.S. National Team. The next year, however, she returned to Stanford and helped lead the Cardinal to a third-place finish at the National Championship tournament. In 2001, Frank and Stanford reached the championship game, and she was named First Team All-America by the American Water Polo Coaches Association and All-Tournament Team honors at the NCAA and the MPSF Championships. In 2002, she was again named the Player of the Year by the Coaches Association, and MVP of the NCAA tournament after leading Stanford to the title. She topped it off with an Academic All-American honor as well.

Frank and Stanford reached the championship game in 2003 as well, and Frank topped off her career by being honored as the NCAA Player of the Year and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Goalie of the Year for the second straight season. At the conclusion of the season, Jackie received the Stanford Athletic Board’s highest honor,The Al Masters Award, for attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement.The same month, Frank was named recipient of the Peter J. Cutino Award, which annually recognizes the best male and female American collegiate water polo player.

Jacqueline Frank Deluca played on the U.S. Senior National Team from 1998-2004, and since summer of 2002 as starting goalkeeper. After playing in the 2004 Olympics, and earning a bronze medal, Jackie took a year off to have a baby. She returned to play with the national team in 2005, but then retired to devote herself to being a mother, and to complete medical school.

She is now a doctor in Long Beach.

Author: losaltv


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