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Atlanta, GA
James Graham
May 9-10, 2009
$250 Day, $375 Overnight

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The focal point of the Dynamo Community Swim Center is the indoor 25-yard by 25-meter competition pool where Elite Polo will have the privilege of holding camp. The 25 yard course offers 10 lanes, each 8-feet in width. To minimize water turbulence, the pool ranges in depth form 6-1/2 to 7 feet and is constructed with an 18-inch deep overflow gutter system.  In addition to the two indoor pools, the Swim Center houses administrative offices, a meeting/ concession room, and a carpeted 25 x 30-foot weight training room equipped with both Universal and Nautilus strength-training machines.


Elite Camp Staff

 


JAMES GRAHAM
HEAD COACH, UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC


James joins the Elite Polo coaching staff as the new head coach of Division I power University of the Pacific. James will continue to build on a Tiger program which has consistently been a force in the college ranks. The 2007 squad finished the year ranked No. 13 in the nation, while the 2006 Tigers finished with a record of 19-14 and a No. 7 national ranking. Since 2001, Pacific has produced 13 All-Americans and 16 all-conference student athletes.

From 2005-07, James served as the assistant coach for the United States National Youth Team, and recently traveled to Europe with the USA Men's Senior National Team as a part of their staff for the World Super Finals. James has been the head coach for the National 2-Meter Development Camp and Holiday Camp held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Col., over the past three years.

Prior to Pacific, Graham spent the past five seasons at Santa Rosa Junior College, building the Bear Cubs into a state power at the JC level. He led Santa Rosa JC to a record of 86-50-1 over his five years, including a third place finish at the California State Championships in 2007. The third place finish was the highest in school history, coming on the heels of a Big 8 Conference championship. For his efforts in 2007, he was named Big 8 Conference Coach of the Year. He won the same award in 2006, in addition to Northern California Coach of the Year honors, after leading the Bear Cubs to the Northern California championship.

 

KRSTO SBUTEGA

2009 PETE CUTINO AWARD FINALIST

2008 1ST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

3-TIME ALL-AMERICAN

CURRENT MEMBER, MONTENEGRO NATIONAL TEAM

5TH ALL-TIME, SCORING, UCLA

Krsto Sbutega has just completed a career at UCLA that will forever cement his place as one of the Bruin greats.  Sbutega was prolific around the cage in his four-year career as he scored 143 goals, placing him 5th all-time in the UCLA record books.  For his efforts this past fall, Krsto was named 1st Team All-America by the ACWPC.  Furthermore, Krsto's efforts have rewarded him with a trip to the Olympic Club this June as he will be one of three candidates up for the Pete Cutino Award, which is presented each year to the nation's best water polo player.

Sbutega has scored no less than 30 goals in each of the last three seasons.  This past fall, Krsto netted a team high of 50 goals, making him the first Bruin since Brett Ormsby (2004 US Olympian) to score 50 or more goals in a season. 

Slight in stature (6 feet tall), Krsto's ability to score at the Division I and international level is a direct result of his concentration on shooting.  His ability to manipulate defenses and goalies has been proven in any scenario:  front court, isloation, counter attack, 6-on-5, bad angle and penalty shots.  We are excited for Krsto to be a part of the Elite Polo staff this summer and know his experience and skill will enhance that of any player.

 

Jeff Ehrlich     JEFF EHRLICH

    HEAD COACH, US AIR FORCE ACADEMY

    Head coach Jeff Ehrlich enters his 10th season at the

    helm of the water polo program at the Academy.  He

    came to Air Force in 1999 after a 25-year stay at

    Villa Park High School in Orange County, Calif.  In his

    first nine years at Air Force, Ehrlich has led the team

    to a combined 129-128 record and a top-20 finish in

the nation in eight seasons with the highest final ranking of 13th. Ehrlich holds a 95-62 conference record, placing in the top four in six of the last nine years.

Under his tutelage, the Falcons have had 18 different players earn NCAA All-Academic honors a total of 33 times, while 17 players have combined for 27 WWPA All-Association selections. In addition, six players­--Casey Wood, Charlie Toth, Chris Smith, Scott Butler, Murphey Morgan and Clark Condict--have distinguished themselves as NCAA All-Americans. Condict, a third-team All-American in 2008, became just the third third-team selection in Air Force history and the first since 1996. Two other athletes, Toth and Kyle Schafer, were both recipients of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, while Schafer was named a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in 2007.

Over the past nine years, Ehrlich's goals at Air Force have been: to help 100 percent of the water polo athletes graduate from the Academy, to continue adding Academic All-Americans, to battle for the conference championship and qualify for the NCAA championships, to establish one volunteer project for the team to accomplish in Colorado Springs and to help the Academy develop Air Force officers with a vision for tomorrow.

During his tenure at Villa Park, Ehrlich posted some impressive numbers. He owned a 484-171 record, winning nine league championships and 25-straight city championships. His teams qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs 24 years in a row, making it to the finals on five occasions (1980, 1981, 1982, 1989 and 1995). His team captured the CIF title in 1981. Ehrlich received much recognition for his success, as he was named CIF Coach of the Year in 1979, 1981, 1989 and 1995.

Ehrlich has coached 59 All-Americans, including 1988 Olympic silver medalist Doug Kimbell and Olympic athlete Gavin Arroyo, who competed in 1996 and 2000. Ashley and Amber Stachowski, two women Ehrlich coached at Capo Valley High School, are former women's national team members.


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