El Toro girls and boys water polo coach Justin Johnson, who guided the Chargers to their first CIF-SS girls title in 2015, has resigned to become the lead assistant coach with the boys and girls at Santa Margarita, he confirmed Monday.

Johnson, a former U.S. national team defender from Mission Viejo and UCLA, will join coaching forces with Olympian Jeremy Laster with the Santa Margarita boys and Brian Weathersby with the Eagles' girls.

Santa Margarita's boys captured their first CIF-SS title last season in Division 2.

"Between Justin, Brian and me, we have three separate CIF Championship winning coaches on our staf," Laster said in an e-mail to families. "Not sure too many other schools can boast such a staff."

Johnson spent three seasons at El Toro. His tenure was highlighted by leading the Chargers' girls to the CIF-SS Division 2 title in 2015, his first season. He was selected The Register's coach of the year for his efforts.

El Toro's girls were the Division 2 runner-up the following season to Murrieta Valley. 

The Chargers boys won their first league title under Johnson this past season.

Johnson replaced Brett McCleave with the El Toro boys, who took over for the retired Don Stoll.

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