Gavin Arroyo & John Loughran
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HEAD COACH, LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
1996 & 2000 US OLYMPIAN
3-TIME NCAA CHAMPION
2-TIME NCAA ALL-AMERICAN
2007 MPSF Co-Coach of the Year
Gavin Arroyo, a two-time member of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Water Polo team (1996, 2000) recently completed his second year at the helm of Long Beach State. Hired in the spring of 2006 to take over the Long Beach State men's water polo program, he has already started to leave his mark as a premier coach at the Division I level.
Arroyo led Long Beach to a 17-15 mark in 2007 as the 49ers finished the season ranked No. 9 in country. In addition, four Long Beach State players were named to All-MPSF teams and three to All-American. For his efforts, Gavin was honored as 2007 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Men's Water Polo co-Coach of the Year.
Before coming to Long Beach, Arroyo served as an assistant coach (2005) for the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team, planning training schedules, aiding in game preparation, organizing fund-raising events and being responsible for fundamentals, tactic implementation and conditioning. He has also served as the head coach for the Olympic Club of San Francisco men’s team (2004-05) for two years.
A 1994 graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, Arroyo competed on the U.S. men’s team at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. He was a first team All-American at Cal in 1993 and was a part of three NCAA Championship squads in Berkeley (1990, 1991, 1992). Arroyo competed on the U.S. National Team for eight years (1993-2000) helping lead the U.S. squad to numerous championships. The U.S. men’s team won the World Championships in 1994 and 1998, the 1997 FINA Cup and the 1995 and 1999 Pan American Games championships. He competed for seven years overseas playing professional water polo in Greece and Spain with five different clubs (Vouliagmeni, Glyfada, CN Barcelona, Olympiakos and CN Barceloneta). He was a member of the 1998 Greek League championship team and was runner-up in 1997 and 1998 at the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
HEAD COACH, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
2008 NCAA FINAL FOUR
2008 LMU LIONS, NO. 5 NATIONAL RANKING
6 NCAA FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES
4-TIME WWPA MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR
Completing his 12th season at the helm of the LMU Lions, Loughran has built a program that continues to gain national exposure. Loughran has led the Lions to 12 winning seasons and has guided the program to six conference titles and six NCAA appearances in the last eight seasons, including a third place finish at this year's Final Four.
The Loyola Marymount University men's water polo team finished the 2008 season with some head-turning accomplishments, including a No. 5 ranking in the final National Coaches Poll of the season. It is the highest final ranking in program history as they went 21-10 on the year, equaling the second-most wins in program history. The Lions finished the National Collegiate Men's Water Polo Championship in third place thanks to a convincing 11-4 win over Navy.
In 2001, they won their first-ever WWPA championship, going 15-14 overall, earning a bid to the NCAA Championship. Two years later the Lions finished 17-14 and returned to the NCAA Championship with their second WWPA title in hand. Both teams finished third in the NCAA tournament. In 2004 he had his first repeat in men's water polo with a 21-11 mark and another third place finish at the NCAAs. In 2005, LMU men's water polo became just the fourth program in school history to win three straight conference crowns, defeating UC San Diego in the WWPA final at the Burns Aquatics Center. They added to their resume with the fifth title in 2007 with an impressive run through the WWPA tournament.
Adding to his impressive resume, Loughran has won seven WWPA Coach of the Year honors, four in women's water polo (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) and three in men's water polo (2001, 2003, 2005). He has posted an overall record of 184-151 (.549) for the men's team, ranking him as the program's all-time winningest coach.
Additionaly, Loughran has coached nine different players to 15 All-America honors while having three players earn WWPA Player of the Year honors from the men's team.
HEAD ASST. COACH, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, 2005-2006
ASST. COACH, UCLA BRUINS, 2007-2008
2-TIME NCAA CHAMPION
Sam Bailey has just completed his second season as an assistant coach on the UCLA water polo coaching staff. Bailey, who also served as an assistant with the women's water polo team, returned to his alma mater in the fall of 2007 after having been a part of two NCAA championship teams (1996, 1999) while at UCLA.
Bailey served as head assistant coach on the Stanford men's water polo staff in 2005-2006. The former Bruin was the head coach of the boys' water polo team at Corona del Mar High School in 2004, when he earned CIF Coach of the Year honors.
While at Corona del Mar, current UCLA head assistant coach and former UCLA teammate Matt Flesher worked with Bailey as an assistant coach.
Bailey also served as an assistant coach of the girls' water polo team at Corona del Mar High School from 2002-2004.