Feb. 4, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - John Abdou has been named the associate head coach of the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team, it was announced recently by head coach Wolf Wigo. Abdou comes to UCSB after serving as the head men's and women's water polo coach at Bucknell.
Abdou was named the head men's and women's water polo coach at Bucknell in June 2008 after serving under the titles of assistant coach, associate head coach and interim head coach with the Bison from 2005-08.
In his three years at the helm of the men's program, Abdou helped the Bison to a 47-46 record. Bucknell faced 47 ranked opponents over that span and spent a total of 21 weeks in the national rankings, climbing as high as No. 17. Including his tenure as an assistant coach, the Bison men's program finished in the top five at the Eastern Championship all six years Abdou was associated with the program, including its best finish in 16 years (third) in 2009.
This past fall Abdou earned his first career Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Coach of the Year honor on the men's side after leading the Bison to a second-place finish at the Southern Championships, their best showing since 1993.
On the women's side, Abdou earned a Coach of the Year honors in each of his three years. Bucknell performed admirably during his stint as interim head coach when he led the squad to a program-record 26 victories and a sixth-place showing at the Eastern Championship. Bucknell was nationally ranked for six weeks during the season, climbing as high as No. 19 in the polls, the best ranking in the then decade-long existence of the program.
Abdou continued that momentum over the last two campaigns, helping the Bison to a combined 35-27 mark over that span and a 2010 Southern Division Championship title, the first in program history. Since arriving at Bucknell in the summer of 2005, Abdou helped the Bison women's team post a pair of 20-win campaigns and accumulate an overall record of 99-63 (.617).
A native of California, Abdou is a 2001 graduate of UC Irvine, where he played for the Anteaters.