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Annapolis, MD
Mike Schofield
December 15-16, 2007
$250 Extended Day
$375 Resident Campers

Lejeune Hall is one of the many impressive athletic facilities at the United States Naval Academy. Opened in 1982, the $13.5 million building is completely modern in conception and materials. Deep water, wide lanes and the latest gutter technology available makes the Lejeune Pool one of the fastest competitive facilities in existence. Lejeune Hall gives the U.S. Naval Academy one of the world's finest facilities for all competitive swimming, diving and water polo events in intercollegiate, U.S. Swimming and Diving and Olympic categories. Facilities for athletes include separate entrance, locker rooms, showers, three saunas, large classroom, team locker rooms and a fully-equipped first aid/training room.

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Mike Schofield is in his 23rd season at the helm of the Navy water polo program. Under his direction, the Mids have won seven Eastern Championships and competed in 12 NCAA Tournaments. Fifteen Navy athletes have earned All-America honors under Schofield.

Last year's team was one for the record books as Navy amassed a 24-7 record and won the program's seventh Eastern Championship. The 24 wins kept a remarkably consistent streak in tact, as the Navy water polo program has won at least 19 games in all 25 years since the program's resurrection in 1982. The 24 wins were tied for the seventh most in school history and Navy went 19-1 against teams from the East. The Mids also won 14 games in a row from Sept. 27 to Nov. 12, the fourth-longest streak in school history. Schofield has had a long line of All-American athletes under his guidance.

Last season, Aaron Recko and George Naughton received third-team and honorable mention accolades, respectively, running the All-American total to 21. It marked the eighth straight year that a Navy water polo player was named All-American, beginning with Jason Pace (HM) in 1999. Sean Foster (2nd) and Nick Hill (HM) followed up Pace's honor in 2000. Hill was named honorable mention twice more in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, Joe Donahue was a third-team selection. Following Donahue, Patrick Rollo and Alex Ratcliffe were third-team selections in 2004 and 2005.

Schofield is well recognized in the water polo community, having also coached on the international level, guiding the U.S. Water Polo Team at the 1997 World University Games to a fifth-place finish. He also served as an assistant for the 1992 National Team and as an assistant for the U.S. Water Polo Team that won gold medals at the World University Games in both 1991 and 1993.

In 1982, Schofield arrived in Annapolis and assisted in resurrecting a water polo program that had been dormant for 32 years. He took over the head coaching duties in 1985, and his teams have enjoyed 15 20-plus win seasons, playing to an overall record of 464-184-1. Schofield has been named Eastern Coach of the Year seven times including last season (1982, 1984, 1986, 1990, 2000, 2003, 2006). In 2004, Schofield added National Coach of the Year to his resume, and in March of 2004 was inducted into the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame.


Matt Flesher is in his third 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 38-14 mark in his first two 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.


John Zeigler, a 1991 Bucknell graduate, has guided both the men's and women's water polo programs at Bucknell since 2000. The 2007 campaign will mark his eighth in his second stint as the head coach of the men's team.

In his career as the head mentor of the men's program, Zeigler has compiled 114 wins, while taking his team to the Eastern Championship every season.

Facing one of the most challenging schedules in the country, Zeigler has led the Bison to records of better than .500 two of the last three years. He also guided them to a No. 18 national ranking at the conclusion of the 2006 season, which featured a schedule littered with 15 ranked opponents. Bucknell was able to win 15 games against the demanding slate, marking the third-most during Zeigler's tenure. The 2004 campaign marked a renaissance of sorts for the Bison as they posted a 17-14 record against a challenging schedule that featured 16 nationally ranked foes.

As a member of the Bison men's water polo team at Bucknell from 1987-90, Zeigler was a two-year starter and four-year letterman. He finished third on the team in scoring as a senior with 30 goals and 34 assists, and recorded career totals of 82 goals and 89 assists. Zeigler also won the 1990 Scott Schulte Award, which is presented annually to "the individual who contributes most to Bucknell water polo."

In 2004, Zeigler began serving on three prestigious committees. He serves on the NCAA Division I Men's Championship Committee, the NCAA Men's and Women's Rules Committees and the Collegiate Water Polo Association Board of Directors. The CWPA Board of Directors serves as the governing body for the conference, making all decisions in accordance to the by-laws already established. For 2007, Zeigler has been named Chair of both the Men's Championship and Rules Committees.


Upon Carl’s graduation from St Francis College in 1975 he was immediately hired as the water polo teams coach by St. Francis College. He began working as a part time coach the following fall in position that he has maintained throughout his career. In the midst of his 32nd year at the helm of the Terriers, Carl has built a national water polo power that continues to excel.

Most recently, Carl lead his St. Francis squad to an amazing fourth straight ECAC Championship, by knocking off Navy, 8-7, in Lewisburg, PA. The Terriers are currently ranked 11th in the nation, in front of west coast powers UC San Diego and University of the Pacific.

2006 marked another great year in Terrier water polo as Carl’s squad compiled a 22-5 record. Along with the aforementioned ECAC Championship, St. Francis captured the Northern Conference Championship before finishing 3rd at the Eastern Championships. Under Carl’s direction, two Terriers were named to the NCAA Division I All-American Team.

Since 2000, Carl’s efforts have resulted in four Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association Championships and three CWPA Northern Division Championships (2000, 2004, and 2005), a CWPA Eastern Championship in 2005 and an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship Final Four this past fall. He has coached 14 All Americans here at the college and during that time and probably most importantly the men’s water polo team was academic national champion for four straight years 1998-2001 and has always been one of the top academic teams nationally.

He is currently serving on the NCAA Rules and Championship Committees as well as the Northeast Conference Swimming Committee and he has served as the President of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Board of Directors from 2001-2002.


Ted Bresnahan enters his 17th season as head coach of the Blue Jays water polo program. He is the winningest coach in the program's history with 219 wins in 16 seasons. Hopkins has become one of the premier Division III water polo teams in the nation under Bresnahan's tenure.

Bresnahan has guided Hopkins to 10 Division III Eastern Championships, including three straight in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He has coached 32 All-Americans and four CWPA Division III National Players of the Year, most recently Sean McCreery, who earned the honor in both 2005 and 2006.

The 2006 season saw the Blue Jays win their 10th overall and third consecutive Division III Eastern Championship as well as place fifth at the ECACs, fourth at the Southern Championships and a program best sixth place finish at the Eastern Championships.

Bresnahan earned Coach of the Year honors in 2005 after guiding Hopkins to a 24-6 record and the #1 national ranking in the season's final poll. The Blue Jays did not lose to a Division III school in their 30 games in 2005 while all six of their losses came to Division I schools ranked in the top-20 at some point during the season.

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