Graham To Coach USA Water Polo In Summer Of 2017

Graham To Coach USA Water Polo In Summer Of 2017

STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific water polo head coach James Graham has been tabbed to be the head coach of Team USA in Men's Water Polo at the 2017 World University Games.

Graham, the 2013 National Coach of the Year for Pacific men's water polo, and the 2017 Golden Coast Conference Coach of the Year in women's water polo, will select the squad from a pool of the top current and recently graduated college athletes. Graham and the USA Water Polo staff will invite the top American players and lead training in preparations for the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, August 19-30.

"I am extremely honored and excited to represent United States Water Polo at the World University Games. I want to thank Dejan Udovicic and John Abdou for giving me this amazing opportunity and my athletic director, Ted Leland, for allowing me the time to coach this team. This has always been a dream of mine to use what has made us successful at UOP with some of the very best collegiate players on an international stage," said Graham.

Graham is coming off an NCAA Quarterfinal appearance with the Pacific women's water polo team this past season, the first NCAA berth in program history, after winning the program's first-ever conference title and reaching the highest slot in the polls in program history as the Tigers finished ranked No. 8.  

On the men's side, Graham has built Pacific into a national championship contender, finishing in the top four of the polls in three of the last four seasons, and finishing as the 2013 NCAA National Championship finalist. His program has produced four Peter J. Cutino Award finalists, including two winners of the award as National Player of the Year.

The 2016 Pacific men's water polo team finished 19-7 overall and was ranked No. 4 in the final CWPA poll. The 2017 Pacific women's water polo team finished 21-9 overall and ranked No. 8 in the final CWPA poll.