Is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport. Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships.
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He is one of the only athletes in history to compete internationally as a goalie and as a field player. Most recently he was named MVP of the 2012 US Open after he helped Newport Water Polo Foundation win the national championship. Genai has coached at every level, from age group to Division 1 college programs. Over the last 15 years he has run hundreds of camps and impacted thousands of lives.
Surprisingly, Genai got involved in water polo by accident, following the whistles to what he thought was a basketball game and ended up at the pool. He excelled at both water polo and basketball at Coronado High School and received a water polo scholarship to UC Irvine to play under Coach Ted Newland. Genai went on to become a NCAA All-American in 1998 and 1999 and was awarded Big West Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year his senior year.
Genai remains active in his community and has become a great role model for aspiring water polo players. He has been a US Ambassador for the USADA (U.S. Antidoping Agency) since 2003 promoting clean sports for young athletes. He was a founding faculty member of the Sage Hill School where he was the Dean of Students, taught art and physical education, and started the aquatic programs. Genai has also created several community outreach programs to help mentor children in lower income households.
A veteran collegiate and national team coach, is currently the High Performance Director for USA Water Polo. In this position Abdou oversee's the Olympic Development Program in addition to coach and referee education and development. Abdou also assists in implementing the technical vision throughout ODP and the USA Water Polo club system.
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John was formerly the Associate Head Coach for men's water polo at the University of California-Santa Barbara and Director/Boy's Head Coach of the Santa Barbara Water Polo Club. Prior to his time in Isla Vista, Abdou spent five years at Bucknell University, the last two serving as Head Coach of both the men's and women's programs. Within USA Water Polo, Abdou has remained active in the National Team pipeline in his position as ODP East Region Technical Director since 2008. Since 2010 he has also been a part of the coaching staff of the Men's Senior National "B" Team.
Has been the Head Men's and Women's water polo coach at Brown University since he was hired in the summer of 2007. Mercado spent the two seasons prior to coming to Brown at the helm of the MIT men's varsity and women's club teams after one year as an assistant.
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Ryan lead the team with thirteen goals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England... Fired in six goals at the 2012 FINA World League Super Final... Tallied eight goals en route to winning Gold and an Olympic Games berth at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico...Led the team shooting 52% and tied for team lead with 11 goals scored in a sixth place finish at the 2011 FINA World Championships.
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Ryan was second on the team with seven goals during fourth place finish at FINA World League Super Final in Florence, Italy...Tallied a team high of 12 goals in a fourth place finish at the 2010 FINA World Cup... Registered ten goals in a fifth place finish at the 2010 FINA World League Super Final...Posted five goals in a fourth place finish at the 2009 FINA World Championships, his sixth World Championship, most among USA players... Earned a Silver Medal at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China scoring seven goals and handing out one assist... One of the premier centers in the water polo world...Tallied seven goals in Silver Medal finish at the 2008 FINA World League Super Final... Scored twice in upset victory over #1 Croatia on May 31... Tied for team lead with seven goals at 2007 FINA World League Super Final... Second on team in scoring with 10 goals at 2007 Pan American Games... Tallied eight goals at 2007 FINA World Championships...Named MVP of 2006 ASUA Cup...Only American to play in final four in European League...Outstanding Offensive Player at the 2006 Premier League Championships...Key player on the U.S. offense for the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal, Canada... Scored in two games at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece...Scored in six games at the 2003 Pan American Games, including two in the USA's 13-7 win over Brazil for the gold medal and a spot in the Athens Olympics...Scored six goals in the last four games of the 2003 World Championships...Was named as the 2003 American Water Polo League Outstanding Offensive Player after helping Newport to the championship over New York...Finished with 15 goals in four games, including five in the tournament opener at AWPL...Was named as the USOC Water Polo Male Athlete of the Year in 2001 and 2002...Scored 12 goals in the 2002 FINA World League season from center position...Scored a season-high three goals in USA's upset over Hungary in Moraga (Calif.)...Was a co-recipient of Chuck Metz MVP in 2002...Was named as the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the debut season of the American Water Polo League (18 goals)...Scored eight goals, including the winning goal in the final seconds to beat Croatia at the 2001 World Championships...Scored three goals in his Olympic debut in the 2000 Sydney Games...Holds the team record in the bench press at 385 lbs. and has the fastest recorded shot on the team at 54 mph.
Finished her UCLA career as the all-time scoring leader (237 goals)...helped lead UCLA to an NCAA Championship in each of her four seasons (2003, 2005-07)...her 70-goal totals in each of her final three seasons (2005-07) are tied for second-most on the school's single-season scoring list...captured the 2007 Peter J. Cutino Award...was a three-time ACWPC first-team All-American (2005-07); was also named an ACWPC third-team All-American in 2003 as a freshman...helped lead the 2007 squad as the most offensive team in school history, averaging 14.0 goals per game.
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Four-year water polo letter winner at University of San Diego High School under coaches Doug Peabody and Greg Ormsby...earned All-CIF, All-City and All-League honors each of her four seasons...also named the team MVP in each of her four seasons...competed for the San Diego Shores club team...earned MVP honors at the 1999 Junior Olympics...was a five-time Junior Olympics first-team All-America selection...participated in the 2002 Junior Pan American Championships and was the tournament's leading scorer.