Joey Gullikson enters his fourth year on the Pacific’s water polo staff as the Associate Head Coach for both men's and women's water polo.
Gullikson assists head coach James Graham in every aspect of the program. His primary focus is recruiting. Since joining the staff, the Tigers young talent has racked up multiple All-Golden Coast Conference awards including Newcomer of the Year Engin Ege Colak, and 2017 GCC Player of the Year Luke Pavillard. During Gullikson's his time on the staff, Pacific has finished in the top five all three years with a pair of top four finishes, a GCC conference regular season and tournament championship.
Gullikson also spearheads the Pacific Wine & Water Polo annual fundraiser.
He played professionally in Australia 2011-2012 in Canberra, and served as an assistant coach for the USA junior national team.
After he graduated from Pacific in the spring of 2011 with a degree in sports pedagogy, Gullikson served as the head coach for the boys and girls water polo teams at Justin-Siena High School in Napa. He was also the Olympic Development Program Head Coach for the Central Zone 10th grade and younger, and the Founder/ Director of the Bangarang Water Polo Club, growing the club to over 100 athletes in two years.
Gullikson was a defender on the Pacific men’s water polo from 2009-2010, scoring 65 goals in two seasons with the Orange & Black. He was second on the team in scoring as a junior, and one of five 20-goal scorers as a senior. In two years, he also racked up 52 assists and 38 steals.
In 2009, Gullikson was named the MPSF Mikasa Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 23 for his performance against No. 6 Long Beach State, which also netted him NCAA Player of the Week honors, as he tallied a hat trick with two assists and two steals. He also earned MPSF Player of the Week and NCAA Player of the Week when he scored five goals against No. 3 Stanford, the Tigers' first win against a top four team under head coach James Graham. Gullikson was named Pacific Athletics Competitor of the Month for November 2010.