Adam Krikorian, the current head coach of the USA’s senior national team, is one of the most successful water polo coaches in the history of the sport. During his time as coach, he has guided his team through one of the most formidable periods of dominance by any country in the history of world water polo.
Krikorian was an excellent player himself, playing a huge role in helping his team, UCLA, win the 1995 NCAA Championship. UCLA is where he developed his coaching foundations – heading up the men and women programme with huge success. However, in 2009, the 47-year-old landed the big time and was finally appointed as the USA’s women’s national team head coach. And, as they say, the rest is history.
In the 27 Major competitions since he took over as head coach, the USA have won Gold medals in 24 of them – three Olympic golds, four world championships, three world cups, three Pan American games and eleven world league titles.
“This is always difficult to do and I would again prefer not to pick my players. Considering the season was so condensed and a bit different, it made it even more challenging. But here’s my best stab at it…”
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