| Miami, FL
December 20-21, 2008
$275 Extended Day, $395 Overnight
The Patrick J Meli Aquatic Complex will host this season’s Elite Polo Camp in South Florida. This pool is perfectly positioned in Danila Beach, centrally located between Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood and only 20 miles north from Miami. This facility provides an all-deep, 25 meter by 25 yard pool – perfect for a weekend of Elite water polo training.
Elite Camp Staff
HEAD COACH, UCLA BRUINS
14-TIME NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPION
There may not be another head coach in any sport throughout the country who has accomplished more than Adam Krikorian in such a short span. In his 16 years with UCLA's water polo program as both a player and a coach, Krikorian has won an unprecedented 13 national titles - nine as a head coach, three as an assistant coach and one as a student-athlete.
As the men's water polo head coach, Krikorian has guided UCLA to three NCAA Championships and boasts a .767 winning percentage (155-47 record). Krikorian's men's water polo teams have won 80 percent of their conference matches and have finished with a perfect 8-0 MPSF record twice (1999 and 2004). In the spring of 2007, Krikorian guided the women's team to its third consecutive NCAA title and UCLA's 100th NCAA team championship. The 2007 women's water polo title marked Krikorian's fourth national championship since the start of the 2004-05 school year.
Krikorian led the men's team back to the top of the rankings in 2004. He guided the Bruins to their first perfect conference finish since 1999 and first NCAA title since winning back-to-back championships in 1999 and 2000. The 2004 squad also rattled off an 18-game winning streak, which included capturing the Nor Cal Tournament title and gaining multiple victories over the nation's other three top-ranked teams - Stanford, California and USC.
As a senior captain in 1995, Krikorian helped lead UCLA to its first men's water polo national championship since 1972. Krikorian scored two goals in the Bruins' 10-8 win over California in the NCAA championship game. During his senior season, he registered a team-best 31 goals, including one two-pointer, while earning All-America second-team honors and All-MPSF second-team accolades. A four-year letterman, Krikorian captained the team in 1994 and 1995, leading the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons. He finished his Bruin career with 76 goals, including a pair of two-pointers.
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.