Matt Flesher, James Graham
& Dan Driscoll
December 12 & 13, 2009
$250 - This is a day camp only
Opened in 1999, the Soda Aquatic Center is one of the premier aquatic facilities in Northern California. With a 50-meter, Olympic size pool, team room and locker rooms, Soda has been a favorite location of Elite Polo coaches and campers since inception in 2007. Elite Polo is happy to call Soda our home again this winter.
Elite Camp Staff
HEAD ASST. COACH, UC BERKELEY GOLDEN BEARS
4-TIME NCAA CHAMPION
3-TIME NCAA ALL-AMERICAN
Matt Flesher, a standout water polo player at UCLA who has been an assistant coach for both the Bruins' men's and women's water polo programs the past four years, is the new head assistant coach for the Cal women's water polo team.
This past Flesher helped guide the UCLA women to their fifth consecutive NCAA title with a 5-4 victory over No. 1 seed USC. In his three seasons working with the Bruin women, UCLA compiled a 93-8 record, including a perfect 33-0 mark in 2008. During Flesher's time assisting the Bruins, two players were the recipients of the Peter J. Cutino Award (named after the legendary Cal men's water polo coach) as the national player of the year, 17 players were named All-Americans and 21 athletes were selected All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
In assisting the UCLA men's water polo program, Flesher helped the Bruins to a 75-29 mark from 2005-08, coaching 19 players who were selected All-American and All-MPSF. In 2006, he was the head coach of the Los Angeles Water Polo Club's 16-Under boy's team that won the U.S. Water Polo National Championship.
As a collegiate player from 1999-2002, Flesher was a member of UCLA's back-to-back national champions in 1999 and 2000. He was a two-time All-American and was twice named All-MPSF, finishing his college career with 81 goals. Flesher earned his degree in political science from UCLA in 2002.
Prior to coaching at UCLA, Flesher spent three seasons as a member of the U.S. National Team, competing at the 2003 World University Games and helping Team USA qualify for the 2005 World Championships. He also competed professionally for the Greek team, Ethnikos-Pireaus, in 2003 and 2004. Flesher was the head boy's swimming coach and assistant boy's water polo coach at Corona Del Mar High School in 2004-05 as well.
HEAD COACH, UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
2009 PACIFIC TIGERS - CURRENTLY NO. 10 IN CWPA NATIONAL RANKINGS
James is in his second season as head coach at 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.
HEAD ASST. COACH, UC DAVIS
Four-year Aggie letterwinner Danny Driscoll replaces his No. 17 cap with a coach's polo, taking over as Coach Doten's assistant for the 2009 season.
A prep All-American at De La Salle High School, Driscoll was the only true freshman to earn playing time in 2005. Over the course of his career, he scored 34 goals with 32 assists offensively, while ranking among team leaders with 77 lifetime steals.
As a senior in 2008, he logged a team-high 627 minutes, delivering career-high numbers in goals (14), assists (13), steals (24) and drawn exclusions (17).
Driscoll, who is completing his undergraduate degree in managerial economics, is one of three brothers to compete in aquatic sports at UC Davis. The oldest, Ryan, was an Aggie swimmer from 2002 to 2005. Danny's younger brother, Kevin, is currently a freshman with the UC Davis water polo team.