Photos taken by Bill Farnan during Pepperdine's doubleheader vs. USC and Fresno Pacific
CAREER: In three seasons has scored 39 goals in 58 matches.
PEPPERDINE 2012: Appeared in all 24 matches for the Waves, setting a career-high ... Ranked tied for fifth on the team in scoring (15) with seven assists and six steals ... Posted a five-game scoring streak ... Tallied three matches with a pair of goals, the last coming against No. 6 California (11/2) ... Scored five goals during the MPSF regular season.
PEPPERDINE 2011:Appeared in 12 games for the Waves, tallying 10 goals, five assists and four steals .... Scored a season-high hat trick in a MPSF contest against Long Beach State (10/29) ... Also had two goals in a key 11-10 conference win over UC Irvine (10/14) ... Also notched scores against UC Santa Barbara, California, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer.
PEPPERDINE 2010:Appeared in 22 games as a freshman, totaling 14 goals with eight assists and seven steals ... Scored nine of those goals in the season's first month, including a personal single-game high of four in a 12-4 win against Pomona-Pitzer at the Inland Empire Tournament ... Finished the one-day tournament at La Verne with seven goals after having notched two vs. Concordia and one vs. Occidental ... Also netted a score in Pepperdine's 8-7 sudden victory over Loyola Marymount at the NorCal Tournament ... Contributed one goal and two ejections earned during the Waves' 7-5 overtime win at UC Davis ... Credited with a field block in Pepperdine's one-goal 9-8 victory at Long Beach State that helped the Waves clinch their spot at the MPSF Championship ... Had a three-goal game vs. Fresno Pacific.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated with high honors in 2010 from De La Salle High School where was a four-year attacker on the varsity team for head coach Scott Hirsch ... Helped lead school to four league titles and two section finals ... Received All-American fourth team honors as a senior and made the sixth team as a junior ... Three-time all-league and all-section first team honoree ... Senior year team captain and MVP ... High school teammate of Andrew Milcovich ... Fifth freshman in school history to make the varsity team ... Also lettered in swimming.
CLUB: Has competed with Lamorinda Water Polo club since 2004 ... Part of four Junior Olympic runner-up teams in 2005-2007 and 2009 ... Won the 2006 National Club and San Diego County Cup championships ... Named tournament MVP for the San Diego County Cup after scoring eight goals.
PERSONAL: Given name is Nicholas Adam Cooper ... Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. and raised in Clayton ... Economics major ... Son of Jack and Tracy Cooper ... Brother of Matt and Dave, both of whom played water polo at the collegiate level ...
FAVORITES: Chris Mullin (pro athlete) ... Real Madrid (pro sports team) ... The Odyssey (book) ... MacGruber and Pinapple Express (movie) ... Summer Heights High (TV show) ... Incubus (musical artist) ... Kinder's BBQ Sandwich (food) ... Soccer (sport other than water polo) ... Hobbies include snowboarding, cooking and hanging out with friends.