Dejan Udovicic, who coached Serbia for seven years, winning 16 medals, has been Team USA’s head coach since 2013.
After almost a two-year break caused by the pandemic, the Americans returned to the big stage at the World League Super Final in Tbilisi and won the silver medal. Team USA was the youngest team at the male Olympic tournament in Tokyo and finished 6th.
Few days ago he renewed his contract with USA water polo until Paris 2024.
Dejan Udovicic’s Top 5 for 2021
1. Filip Filipovic (SRB)
Serbian National Player I Clubs: Szolnok, Olympiacos I Position: Right DriverFor the second time, he won the Olympic title and was voted the MVP of the Olympic water polo tournament to crown his magnificent career in the national team, which lasted almost two decades. He played excellently at the Olympic Games. Filipovic he had a great season with the club, too, and was one of Szolnok's key players in the LEN Euro Cup and the Hungarian Championship.
2. Dusan Mandic (SRB)
Serbian National Player I Club: Pro Recco, Novi Beograd I Position: Right DriverMandic said goodbye to Pro Recco in style. He led Recco to the Champions League trophy with a strong performance at the Final Eight, deserving the MVP Award. Mandic was one of the best players at the Tokyo Games and helped Serbia to win gold.
3. Aleksandar Ivovic (MNE)
Montenegrian National Player I Club: Pro Recco I Position: DriverIvovic clinched the LEN Champions League as Recco's captain playing well throughout the season. After that, he led Montenegro to the World League gold and was voted the MVP of the tournament. He was the best scorer at the Olympic Games.
4. Ben Hallock (USA)
US National Player I Clubs: Pro Recco I Position: Center ForwardIn the previous season, Hallock made considerable progress. He won the Champions League with Pro Recco. Hallock demonstrated his abilities at the Olympic Games and the FINA World League Super Final. In Tbilisi, he made a significant contribution to Team USA's silver medal.
5. Konstantinos Genidounias (GRE)
Greek National Player I Club: Olympiacos I Position: DriverHe raised his play to new heights in 2021. Genidounias demonstrated his creativity in attack at the Tokyo Games.
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