USAWP has announced that their CEO, Chris Ramsey, will be stepping down after the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
Ramsey, who took on the top job at USAWP back in 2006, is one of the longest-serving directors among Olympic National Governing Bodies. The search for his replacement is already underway.
Ramsey’s legacy will be remembered for expanding water polo in America, nearly doubling the membership in the country, which currently stands at approximately 50,000 members.
As well as presiding over unprecedented success with the national teams—particularly the three-peat Olympic triumph achieved by Team USA’s women’s team—Ramsey was not only pivotal in stabilizing the American federation at a time of near bankruptcy but also laid the foundations for the federation to financially thrive.
Ramsey played no small part in launching USA’s highly successful Olympic Development Program (ODP) for young athletes and was a key figure in the expansion of the National Junior Olympics—which now features over 1,000 teams in several different states across America.
“Leading USA Water Polo has been a privilege,” Ramsey told USAWP. “The successes of USA Water Polo are a testament to the work and commitment of our athletes, coaches, officials, staff, and board of directors, as well as our community of parents and volunteers. Our members are passionate about water polo, and I am bullish on its prospects under the next generation of leadership, especially with the LA Olympic Games coming in 2028.”
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