John Abdou Named High Performance Director for USA Water Polo

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.– John Abdou, the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo associate head coach, has been named the High Performance Director for USA Water Polo.

As High Performance Director for USA Water Polo, Abdou will oversee the Olympic Development Program as well as coach and referee development. Abdou has remained an active member in USA Water Polo as ODP East Region Technical Director since 2008. He has also been a part of the coaching staff for the Men's Senior National "B" Team since 2010.

"I'm excited to serve the water polo community in America on a broader scale," Abdou said. "I am extremely passionate about teaching and coaching, so the opportunity to do so on a full time basis for our country was one that I could not pass up. I look forward to working with all athletes, coaches, referees and community members to strengthen our success as an organization both domestically and internationally." 

Abdou has been with the Gauchos for three seasons, helping UCSB to a 16-9 record this year and a 49-33 overall record since he arrived on campus. Prior to coaching the Gauchos, Abdou was the head coach for both the men's and women's water polo teams at Bucknell University.

Abdou will begin this position concluding the 2013-2014 men's collegiate water polo season.