MI Girls’ Champs to be Streamed; DI Coach on Change in Recruiting Priorities; FL Makes its Mark on USMNT; Girls’ Prep Coaching Changes

ROCKFORD, MI – The high school water polo season comes to an end this weekend with Michigan’s girls competing for the state title at Rockford High School. The home team enters the tournament as the favorite and defending champion, and will also be hosting the streamed event on Play On Sports.

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Several interesting items from UC Santa Barbara’s recent recruiting class announcement. Dylan Baliani, Evan Dellinger, and Utah’s Ted Zhang are not returning to the roster. TWp profiled Zhang last fall. Also, one incoming athlete is Greenwich Water Polo’s Andrew Judge, a New Yorker as is Gauchos head coach Wolf Wigo. And some interesting clarity from assistant coach John Abdou about the changing perceptions of high school and club water polo among coaches doing recruiting:

We watch the players at their high school games, but we really study them on their club teams. I think that’s becoming a new trend not only in water polo, but a lot of other sports as well. Playing for a good club team shows us that they are committed to their sport year-round and want to move on to the collegiate ranks.

TUSTIN, CA; BOCA RATON, FL – A couple of recent girls’ prep coaching changes: CIF Southern Section champion coach Sam Bailey resigned from Corona del Mar to take the same position at nearby Beckman, as was reported widely in March and April. In Florida, St. Andrew’s and ODP coach Adam Gaffey has taken a leave in order to complete his doctorate in instructional technology.

PASADENA, CA – Pat Beemer, former Wagner head coach and associate head coach at Indiana, has taken over the program at CalTech. The former UC San Diego standout returns to California to take over one of the most challenging teams in collegiate water polo.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – The roster for the new-look USA Men’s Senior National Team was announced today. The team will compete in Chelyabinsk, Russia at the FINA World League Super Final between June 11 and 16. Of note is the inclusion of two Floridians on the senior team for the first time: Northeast High School’s Janson Wigo, and Ransom Everglades grad Michael Rosenthal.