Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WFAA: Growth in TX Prompts Calls for HS Sanction of Water Polo

Phelps Resigns VMI Coaching Post

Departing VMI Head Coach Anna Phelps (
Virginia Military Institute's first and only head coach, Anna Phelps, has resigned her position according to Keydets Assistant Athletic Communications Director John Stark. The school is looking for her replacement immediately, as tweeted by the CWPA on Monday.

Her tenure will conclude "at the end of the month," Stark wrote in an email.

Phelps began her work with the Keydets in 2010 after the school announced adding the sport to its women's offerings in 2009. VMI ended the 2014 season with its best record in its short history with 11 wins and 20 defeats.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup Schedule and Streaming

The men of Team USA will face South Africa in their opening round match of the 2014 FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan. That relatively easy opening game is followed by far more challenging tests against Montenegro and tournament favorites, Serbia. All the matches are to be streamed live on Fina TV, linked at TWp Live Streams.

Dates and times of all matches are below. All times are local to Kazakhstan. Not sure what that means for you? Convert to your local time by clicking here.

Preliminary Round
Day 1
August 19, 2014
Day 2
August 20, 2014
Day 3
August 21, 2014
Quarter Final RoundSemi Final RoundFinal Round
Day 4
August 22, 2014
Day 5
August 23, 2014

Day 6
August 24, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Palazzo, Melstrom Selected to Head Newport Harbor Programs

The administration at Newport Harbor High School in California dispelled most of the mystery about the future of its famous water polo program by naming Dean Crow director of Newport Beach Water Polo Club, Brian Melstrom as successor to the legendary Bill Barnett as girls' high school coach, and Marco Palazzo interim head coach of the boys' high school team. Those changes were announced Monday evening at an event hosted by school Principal Sean Boulton. The news was first tweeted by the Daily Pilot.

Palazzo's interim status should be removed within a year and is a deliberate sign of caution after the tumultuous exits of former coach Robert Lynn in July and his predecessor Jason Lynch in 2011, according to a person with knowledge of the process. Lynn tabbed Palazzo as assistant with the Newport club and high school after the two served as assistants to Terry Schroeder on the US Men's National Team that placed eighth at the 2012 London Olympics.

The coaching turnover on the boys' side has not been similarly matched on the girls'. Hall-of-fame coach Bill Barnett took the position in 2005 and recently announced he would leave the program after the upcoming winter season during which he will attempt to lead the Sailors to their sixth CIF Section championship. Assistant Brian Melstrom will maintain program continuity when he slides in to the head coaching spot after a long spell as assistant to Barnett.

New program director Dean Crow was a member of the Barnett-led boys' squad which won the CIF-SS 4A crown in 1983. He went on to play at UC Irvine.

Notre Dame Keeps Women's Varsity Water Polo, Drops Men's

The Athletic Department at Notre Dame College has confirmed it will drop varsity men's water polo "immediately" but that women's water polo would continue. In an announcement released earlier today Athletic Director Scott Swain called the decision "difficult" and partially blamed the lack of a recruiting pipeline from local high schools. No information about who would coach women's team was forthcoming. The entirety of the press release follows.
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- The Notre Dame College Athletic Department has announced that the school will no longer sponsor a Men’s Water Polo program, effective immediately.
The Women’s Water Polo program will remain intact, and is scheduled to play a full varsity schedule this Spring, but the Men’s Program has been discontinued.
The program had been around since the Fall of 2010. It was announced back in 2009 that NDC would start both a Men’s and Women’s Water Polo program, and after four seasons, the school has decided it will no longer sponsor a Men’s program.
“Not sponsoring a program is always a very difficult decision,” said NDC Athletic Director Scott Swain. “While discontinuing a program is certainly not ideal, we feel that this is the best decision for our department, our college, and the remaining student-athletes moving forward.”
The decision to no longer sponsor the program included a number of factors. One of the many reasons was based on the lack of participation, and lack of local schools in the area to recruit from, since many of the schools in the state do not sponsor the program at the high school level.