ASSOCIATE 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 14 national titles - ten 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 .765 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, UCLA BRUINS
2008 OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST
2004 & 2008 US OLYMPIC TEAM MEMBER
3-TIME NCAA ALL-AMERICAN
Brandon Brooks is in his first season as the UCLA women's head coach. Brandon spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's water polo teams in Westwood.
Brooks, a three-time All-America selection at UCLA and a former 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.
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.
HEAD COACH , UCLA BRUINS
2008 OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST
2004 & 2008 US OLYMPIC TEAM MEMBER
3-TIME NCAA ALL-AMERICAN
2-TIME NCAA CHAMPION
Adam Wright begins his first season as head coach for the UCLA men's water polo staff. A former three-time All-American and four-year letterwinner (1997-2000) at UCLA, Wright will be joined Adam Krikorian on the men'ts coaching staff.
Wright brings nearly 15 years of experience with the U.S. Men's National Team to his alma mater, having most recently helped lead Team USA to a silver-medal finish at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Wright also competed for the U.S. National Team in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where Team USA finished seventh.
A decorated athlete competing for the U.S. National Team, Wright has helped guide Team USA to first-place finishes at the 2007 Pan-American Games (Rio de Janeiro) and the 2005 ASUA Cup (Mexico City). A threat at both ends of the pool with tough defense and good scoring ability, Wright scored four goals at the 2007 FINA World League Super Final and against the 2007 Pan-American Games.
In the professional water polo ranks, Wright joined Bissolati Cremona in 2007 after having played for Civitavecchia in Italy in 2006. He also spent time playing for Nuoto Catania (Sicily) in 2005-06 and Dynamo (Moscow) with U.S. teammate Ryan Bailey in 2004-05.
Wright helped lead the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA championships in 1999 and 2000. As a senior, Wright scored 39 goals on 76 attempts before earning honorable mention All-America accolades and second-team All-MPSF honors. In 1999, Wright finished as the team leader in assists (27) and was second in total points (48) and steals (39). A junior that fall, Wright captured third-team All-America and second-team All-MPSF honors.
In his first two seasons in Westwood, Wright scored 43 goals - 26 as a freshman and 27 as a sophomore. Wright gained second-team All-America honors in 1998 and was named an honorable mention All-America and All-MPSF selection as a freshman in 1997.
HEAD COACH, IONA COLLEGE
8-TIME COACH OF THE YEAR
2-TIME ALL -REGION
'12 ILLINOIS WATER POLO HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Brian Kelly is in his 17th year as head coach of the Iona College
men’s and women’s water polo squads. The men’s squad has been nationally ranked five times. The women have posted 15 consecutive winning records, including MAAC Championships in ‘04 and ‘11. The ‘11 squad earned a program-high 26 wins, including a perfect 10-0 record in MAAC competition, and earned the Gaels their first national ranking.
An 8x coach of the year selection, Kelly was honored by the CWPA Northern Division in 2005 and the MAAC Water Polo League in 2003, 2007 and 2011. He was also recognized by the women’s CWPA NY Division in 1999 and the CWPA Northern Division in 2000, 2001 and 2003.
Kelly was a standout player at Iona, where he led the Gaels to a 74 - 46 (.616) record that included three Eastern Championship Tourney appearances along with three top twenty rankings. He was a three time All-Conference selection, a two time All-Eastern selection, and a two-time Co- MVP for Iona. In the summer of 1990, Kelly was selected to the National Junior Development Team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. He was only one of two selections from outside the state of California to make the team and he beat out a field of over 120 athletes to be named the camp’s 2-Meter MVP.A native of Chicago, Kelly began his water polo career at an early age and in 2012 was inducted into the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame as well as the Br. Rice Athletics Circle of Champions Hall of Fame.
HEAD ASST. COACH, USC TROJANS
5-TIME NCAA CHAMPION
1998 NCAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2-TIME NCAA ALL-AMERICAN
Former USC All-American Marko Pintaric is in his ninth season as head assistant coach of both the men's and women's water polo teams at USC.
Pintaric was a two-year starter for the Trojans in 1997 and 1998. He recorded 44 goals during the Trojans' 1998 national championship season and earned National Player of the Year and first team All-America honors. He also earned second team All-America honors in 1997. Pintaric was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team both years. He transferred to USC from the University of Zagreb in Croatia, where he was a member of the Croatian Junior National Team (1989-94).
Along with his current coaching experience, Pintaric served as the varsity coach at Loyola High in Los Angeles during the 1999-2000 school year. He continues to play for the New York Athletic Club, where he was a member of the 2001 summer national championship team and four consecutive winter national championship teams (1999-2002).
Pintaric graduated from USC in 2000 with a degree in communications and earned his master's degree in 2003 in communications management.
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
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 COACH, BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
After two years as an assistant coach for both Bucknell's men's and women's water polo programs, John Abdou was promoted to head coach of both teams in the summer of 2008.
Since arriving at Bucknell in the summer of 2005, Abdou has helped the men's team to a pair of fourth-place finishes at the Eastern Championship and a No. 18 national ranking at the conclusion of the 2006 season. On the women's side, the Bison equaled the program record for wins with 23 in 2006 and have posted a 38-26 record during Abdou's two years on the sidelines.
A 2001 graduate of the University of California at Irvine, Abdou served as the director and head coach of both the men's and women's water polo programs at Burbank High School in Burbank, Calif., from 2001-05, immediately before joining the Bison staff.
Recently, Abdou organized and conducted district tryouts for United States Water Polo as the Wilshire District boy's cadet coach. He also worked with United States Water Polo as the C.C. Zone girls youth assistant coach.
Abdou, who serves as coach of the Northeast Zone Women's National Team, played for the U.S. Junior National Team during his freshman year at UC Irvine. Abdou was a member of the water polo team at Irvine from 1997-2000 and helped lead the Anteaters to 58 wins and three NCAA Tournament berths during his four campaigns.
HEAD COACH, UC IRVINE
2004 US OLYMPIC TEAM MEMBER
2-TIME NCAA ALL-AMERICAN
This spring, Dan will be entering his seventh season as head coach of the UCI women's water polo program.
The UCI graduate was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Athens, Greece.
Dan also spent the 2007 & 2008 seasons as head assistant coach with the UC Irvine men's water polo program.
Klatt graduated from UCI in 2001 with a degree in social sciences before joining the U.S. National team. While at UCI, Klatt was a two-time All-American in water polo and a first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) choice. He also swam for the Anteaters from 1997-1999, capturing the 50 and 100-yard freestyle titles at the 1999 Big West Championships.
HEAD COACH, LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
1996 & 2000 US OLYMPIC TEAM MEMBER
3-TIME NCAA CHAMPION
2-TIME NCAA ALL-AMERICAN
2007 MPSF CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Gavin Arroyo, a two-time member of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Water Polo team (1996, 2000) is in his fourth year at the helm of Long Beach State. Hired in the spring of 2006 to take over the Long Beach State men's water polo program, he has already started to leave his mark as a premier coach at the Division I level.
Arroyo led Long Beach to a 17-15 mark in 2007 as the 49ers finished the season ranked No. 9 in country. In addition, four Long Beach State players were named to All-MPSF teams and three to All-American. For his efforts, Gavin was honored as 2007 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Men's Water Polo co-Coach of the Year.
Before coming to Long Beach, Arroyo served as an assistant coach (2005) for the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team, planning training schedules, aiding in game preparation, organizing fund-raising events and being responsible for fundamentals, tactic implementation and conditioning. He has also served as the head coach for the Olympic Club of San Francisco men’s team (2004-05) for two years.
A 1994 graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, Arroyo competed on the U.S. men’s team at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. He was a first team All-American at Cal in 1993 and was a part of three NCAA Championship squads in Berkeley (1990, 1991, 1992). Arroyo competed on the U.S. National Team for eight years (1993-2000) helping lead the U.S. squad to numerous championships. The U.S. men’s team won the World Championships in 1994 and 1998, the 1997 FINA Cup and the 1995 and 1999 Pan American Games championships. He competed for seven years overseas playing professional water polo in Greece and Spain with five different clubs (Vouliagmeni, Glyfada, CN Barcelona, Olympiakos and CN Barceloneta). He was a member of the 1998 Greek League championship team and was runner-up in 1997 and 1998 at the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
HEAD COACH, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
2008 LMU LIONS - NO. 5 NATIONAL RANKING
2008 NCAA FINAL FOUR
7-TIME WWPA COACH OF THE YEAR
In 11 previous seasons at the helm of the men's water polo program at Loyola Marymount University, Head Coach John Loughran has achieved unparalleled success. As he heads into his 12th season overseeing the men and women's water polo teams, Loughran has built a program that continues to gain national exposure.
Loughran has led the Lions to 10 winning seasons and has guided the program to five conference titles and five NCAA appearances in the last seven seasons, including the 2007 WWPA title win over UC Davis.
In 2001, they won their first-ever WWPA championship, going 15-14 overall, earning a bid to the NCAA Championship. Two years later the Lions finished 17-14 and returned to the NCAA Championship with their second WWPA title in hand. Both teams finished third in the NCAA tournament. In 2004 he had his first repeat in men's water polo with a 21-11 mark and another third place finish at the NCAAs. In 2005, LMU men's water polo became just the fourth program in school history to win three straight conference crowns, defeating UC San Diego in the WWPA final at the Burns Aquatics Center. They added to their resume with the fifth title in 2007 with an impressive run through the WWPA tournament.
Adding to his impressive resume, Loughran has won seven WWPA Coach of the Year honors, four in women's water polo (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) and three in men's water polo (2001, 2003, 2005).
He has posted an overall record of 184-151 (.549) for the men's team, ranking him as the program's all-time winningest coach. He has also earned a record of 243-99 (.711) with the women's water polo program, leading them to six WWPA championships and six appearances to the NCAAs, including the longest run of consecutive titles in school history with five in a row from 2001-2005.
Additionaly, Loughran has coached nine different players to 15 All-America honors while having three players earn WWPA Player of the Year honors from the men's team.
HEAD COACH, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY
US WATER POLO HALL OF FAME
ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
Bill Harris is in his fifth season as Head Water Polo Coach at Fordham University, having elevated the team's play and expectations over the past four seasons.
Harris immediately brought some respect back to Fordham, recording eight overall wins and three conference victories in 2004. He quickly followed that up with nine victories in 2005, and has brought in quality recruiting classes each offseason.
In 2006, Harris did another fantastic job posting an 11-11-1 mark, the first season for Fordham at or above the .500 mark in over a decade, while in 2007, the Rams matched that win total (11), playing a number of ranked opponents, as well as making their first trip to the West Coast.
Individually, Harris has helped two Rams earn All-CWPA Northern Division in each of the last three seasons (Paul Shrewsbury - 2005 Second Team, 2007 Second Team; Todd Conway - 2006 First Team).
Harris, who most recently was the girls' varsity coach at Greenwich High School, brings a plethora of experience to Fordham. Prior to Greenwich High School, he served as the travel team coach for Greenwich Youth Water Polo from 2000-03, while also serving as an Age Group coach for the New York Athletic Club from 1995-2003. Harris was also the head coach for the NYAC Men's Team from 1982-87.
In addition to these coaching positions, Harris also currently serves as aUSA Water Polo Gold Level coach.
A 1997 U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee, Harris had a prolific playing career at St. Francis College, where he was a 1966 NCAA All-Amercian and a four-time ECAC All-Star Team selection, while helping St. Francis to four ECAC Championships and an undefeated conference record in those four seasons. He later was selected to the St. Francis College Athletic Hall of Fame as well.
Following his collegiate career, Harris represented the New York AthleticClub from 1967-92, where he was a member of eight National Championship teams. He was selected First Team All-America eight times as a member of the NYAC, and was 1973 and 1977 MVP for the National Championship Tournaments.
HEAD COACH, US AIR FORCE ACADEMY
Head coach Jeff Ehrlich has just completed his 10th season at the helm of the water polo program at the Academy. He came to Air Force in 1999 after a 25-year stay at Villa Park High School in Orange County, Calif. In his first nine years at Air Force, Ehrlich has led the team to a combined 129-128 record and a top-20 finish in the nation in eight seasons with the highest final ranking of 13th. Ehrlich holds a 95-62 conference record, placing in the top four in six of the last nine years. Under his tutelage, the Falcons have had 18 different players earn NCAA All-Academic honors a total of 33 times, while 17 players have combined for 27 WWPA All-Association selections. In addition, six players--Casey Wood, Charlie Toth, Chris Smith, Scott Butler, Murphey Morgan and Clark Condict--have distinguished themselves as NCAA All-Americans. Condict, a third-team All-American in 2008, became just the third third-team selection in Air Force history and the first since 1996. Two other athletes, Toth and Kyle Schafer, were both recipients of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, while Schafer was named a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in 2007.
Over the past nine years, Ehrlich's goals at Air Force have been: to help 100 percent of the water polo athletes graduate from the Academy, to continue adding Academic All-Americans, to battle for the conference championship and qualify for the NCAA Championships, to establish one volunteer project for the team to accomplish in Colorado Springs and to help the Academy develop Air Force officers with a vision for tomorrow.
During his tenure at Villa Park, Ehrlich posted some impressive numbers. He owned a 484-171 record, winning nine league championships and 25-straight city championships. His teams qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs 24 years in a row, making it to the finals on five occasions (1980, 1981, 1982, 1989 and 1995). His team captured the CIF title in 1981. Ehrlich received much recognition for his success, as he was named CIF Coach of the Year in 1979, 1981, 1989 and 1995.
Ehrlich has coached 59 All-Americans, including 1988 Olympic silver medalist Doug Kimbell and Olympic athlete Gavin Arroyo, who competed in 1996 and 2000.