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HEAD COACH, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
2-TIME CWPA COACH OF THE YEAR
2008 WOLVERINES - NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS & NO.10 NATIONAL RANKING
6-TIME CWPA WESTERN DIVISION CHAMPIONS
Under the guidance of Matt Anderson, Michigan has become the pinnacle program of eastern water polo and is consistently amongst the nations elite every season. A two-time Collegiate Water Polo Association Coach of the Year honoree, Anderson boasts a 168-72 (.700) record as he enters his seventh season at the helm for the Maize and Blue.
A firm believer in developing complete players, Anderson emphasizes putting forth the same effort to all aspects of the game. His hard-nosed defensive philosophy and aggressive offensive style have produced an Olympic goalkeeper in Betsey Armstrong (2002-05), six divisional most valuable players and 15 AWPCA All-Americans – including Julie Hyrne and Leah Robertson in 2008.
His teams have enjoyed great success both in the conference and on the national stage. The 2008 campaign marked the second time in Anderson’s tenure that Michigan advanced to the NCAA Championship. The Wolverines also concluded the season with the No. 10 ranking in the national poll. Robertson became the fourth Michigan player to be named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team at the 2008 championships.
The preeminent program of the CWPA Western Division, U-M has claimed the division crown in each of Anderson’s first six seasons. Anderson led the Wolverines to a Southern Division title in his first season and remains the lone program to claim a Western Division crown since realignment took place prior to the 2004 campaign. Under his tutelage, Michigan players have earned 34 nominations to the all-division team.
Michigan has made it to the championship game of the CWPA Eastern Championship in all but two campaigns under Anderson. At the conference championships, the Wolverines claimed titles in 2005 and 2008 and have placed 11 players on the all-tournament team. Anderson coached Hyrne and Armstrong to championship Most Valuable Player honors in 2005 and 2008, respectively.
Anderson’s teams have made a habit of re-writing the record books on a yearly basis. In 2008, U-M finished with the program’s highest victory total and smashed the winning streak standard, boasting a perfect 27-game span including an unblemished record against competition from the East. The Wolverines have broken the program marks for steals in each of the last three seasons, points and drawn ejections in each of the last four, shots in each of the last five, and assists in each season under Anderson.
Anderson’s accomplishments have twice earned him the distinction of CWPA ‘Doc Hunkler’ Coach of the Year – taking home the hardware in 2005 and 2008. On the divisional level, Anderson was named a coach of the year three times between 2004 and 2006.
HEAD COACH, BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
2008 CWPA COACH OF THE YEAR
John Abdou, who previously served in the role of interim head coach for five months, was named the head men's and women's water polo coach at Bucknell in June 2008. Abdou, a 2001 graduate of the University of California at Irvine, is a three-year member of the Bison men's and women's water polo coaching staff, serving as an assistant coach, associate head coach and interim head coach over that span.
On the men's side, Abdou helped guide the Bison to a 20-13 record in 2007, its first 20-win campaign since 2001. Bucknell finished the season ranked 19th nationally, marking the second time in Abdou's three years on the sidelines that it was ranked at the conclusion of a season. Additionally, the men's program has finished in the top five at the Eastern Championships all three years Abdou has been associated with the program.
Abdou, the 2008 Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Coach of the Year, performed admirably in his stint as interim head coach of the women's program this past spring when he led the squad to a program-record 26 victories and a sixth-place showing at the Eastern Championship. Bucknell was nationally ranked for six weeks during the season, climbing as high as No. 19 in the polls, the best ranking in the decade-long existence of the program.
A native of California, Abdou is a highly regarded recruiter, particularly in the hotbed of water polo on the West Coast. As an assistant coach, he served as the primary West Coast recruiter for both the men's and women's programs and has brought a wealth of talent to Lewisburg. Over the last three years, Abdou has helped the Bison men's team ink nine players from his home state, including four in the latest recruiting class.
Abdou, who serves the U.S. Water Polo Northeast zone as a coach in several capacities, played for the U.S. Junior National Team during his freshman year at UC Irvine.