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Moraga, CA
Matt Flesher
December 13 - 14, 2008
$250 - This is a DAY camp only

Campolindo High School is home to one of the state's best Olympic sized facilities.  Situated in Moraga, CA, the Soda Aquatic Center opened its doors in November 1999.  Home of Elite's first weekend of camps in 2007, Soda is a fantastic camper location as the facilities include ample deck space, two full size locker rooms, and a team room.

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Brandon Brooks is in his fourth season as an assistant coach on the UCLA water polo staff. As an assistant coach, Brooks focuses his efforts on the development of goalkeepers and oversees their conditioning and strength training program.

Brooks, a three-time All-America selection at UCLA and an Olympic goalkeeper, helped lead the Bruins to national titles in 1999 and 2000 as UCLA's goalkeeper, all while becoming UCLA's all-time saves leader with 700 stops.

This past summer Brandon was part of the 2008 US Team that won an Olympic Silver Medal in Beijing.  Brandon played stellar defense in the gold medal game versus Hungary, recording four key saves down the stretch.

In the summer of 2004, Brooks competed for Team USA in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. One year earlier, the Honolulu, Hawaii, native provided stellar defense as goalkeeper for the U.S. National Team at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Following the 2003 World Championships, Brooks manned the net at the Pan-American Games, where Team USA took the gold medal and ultimately qualified for the 2004 Olympics.

As a student-athlete at UCLA, Brooks led the Bruins to consecutive national championships in his first two seasons. During his second season in 2000, Brooks recorded 208 saves in 95 quarters and posted a school-best 4.80 goals against average, a mark which still ranks first today. The sophomore allowed just one goal in the first 25 minutes of UCLA's 11-2 NCAA title game victory over UC San Diego. His 208 saves that season currently stands at seventh-place all-time school history.

Coming off back-to-back national championships at the start of the 2001 season, Brooks led UCLA to a No. 5 final national ranking as a junior. His 5.96 goals against average that season stands as the fifth-best mark in school history. Brooks recorded 165 saves in 78 quarters as the Bruins finished the season 16-5.

As a senior at UCLA in 2002, Brooks made 227 saves in 79 quarters and recorded a 6.46 goals against average, which currently ranks ninth best in the school record book. The All-America selection guided the Bruins to a third-place finish in the MPSF Tournament. He also earned Alll-MPSF First Team accolades in 2002.




Matt Flesher is in his fourth season serving as an assistant coach on the UCLA men's water polo staff. Flesher, a three-time All-America selection at UCLA from 1999-2002, helped guide the Bruins to a 59-21 mark in his first three years on the coaching staff.

In his four-year career as a Bruin, Flesher led UCLA to back-to-back national championships (1999 and 2000), was twice honored as an All-MPSF athlete and finished his collegiate career with 81 goals scored.

Prior to returning to Westwood in 2005, Flesher kept busy within the international water polo ranks. He spent three seasons as a full-time member of the U.S. National Team in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and also competed for professional Greek team Ethnikos-Pireaus in 2003 and 2004. While with the National Team, Flesher competed in the World University Games in 2003 and helped guide the United States to its qualification for the Water Polo World Championships in 2005.

Flesher enjoyed his finest playing season at UCLA as a sophomore in 2000, tallying a career-high 32 goals while adding 14 assists and 16 steals. During that campaign, which earned Flesher honorable mention All-America status, he helped lead UCLA to its second consecutive national title. In 1999 as a newcomer to Westwood, the Diamond Bar native added eight goals to UCLA's 22-3 national championship team. Flesher earned third-team All-America status as a junior in 2001 after pouring in 24 goals. As a senior in 2002, Flesher was again awarded third-team All-America honors after notching 17 goals and serving as UCLA's emotional leader and co-captain.


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.

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