Photos of the Waves' 12-7 victory over Air Force at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.
Merrill Moses, a two-time Olympian and former All-American water polo player for the Waves, returned to Pepperdine and joined the Waves' staff as the interim co-head coach for the 2012 season.
Moses will serve as an assistant coach under his former head coach at Pepperdine and with the U.S. National Team, Dr. Terry Schroeder, starting in the 2013 campaign. As the interim co-head coach of the Waves in 2012, Moses helped Pepperdine to a 11-13 overall record and the team achieved a No. 4 national ranking during the regular season.
Moses, a goalkeeper who helped lead Pepperdine to the 1997 NCAA championship and the United States to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, had been playing both professionally and with the U.S. squad for more than a decade before now turning his attention to coaching.
"The most exciting part about this is coming back to my alma mater, and to be a part of trying to bring another national championship to Pepperdine," said Moses at the time of his hiring. "I get the chance to work with `Willo' Rodriguez and to try to get this year's team to where it needs to be to compete for a championship, and then I get the chance to work for years to come with Coach (Terry) Schroeder."
Said Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Potts at Moses' hiring: "I'm so thrilled that Merrill Moses is coming back to rejoin the Pepperdine family. His experience as an Olympian, a U.S. National Team member and a national champion will be inspiring to our student-athletes and they will learn so much from him."
Moses had given up water polo in 2004 and was working in the mortgage industry before getting a call to rejoin the U.S. squad in 2006. He went on to become the starting goalkeeper for the United States at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. In 2008, Moses was part of a team ranked ninth in the world, but the Americans got hot at the right time and made it all the way to the gold-medal game.
Moses also helped the U.S. to gold medals at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games and he was part of eight top-five finishes in the FINA World League Super Finals, including a second-place result in 2008 and a third-place standing in 2003. He has played professionally in Croatia, Italy and Spain and with the New York Athletic Club (he was named MVP of the 2010 USAWP Men's National Championships).
Moses has worked as a coach at many of Terry Schroeder's camps and has done private coaching in the past. A native of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., who attended Peninsula High School, Moses played four seasons for the Waves between 1995-98. He earned All-American first team honors in 1997 and was on the second team in 1998 and honorable mention in 1996. He was also named All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all four years, including the first team in 1997.
Moses graduated from Pepperdine in 1999 with a degree in public relations. Moses was named one of three tri-MVPs of the 1997 NCAA Championships after Pepperdine defeated USC, 8-7 in overtime, for the school's first-ever NCAA title in the sport. He and his wife Laura welcomed their first child in 2012.