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Kocur Named to USA World University Team Coaching Staff


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – USA Water Polo has named Pepperdine Head Coach Jack Kocur as an assistant coach for the United States entry at the Upcoming World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia on July 1-12.


"It is truly an honor to be able to represent Pepperdine for the first time as a coach for the USA University Team attending the World University Games," said Kocur. "It's great to get back into the international program after being away for so long. I hope I can give back to the program all that it has given to me." 


Kocur will join head coach Kirk Everist – California’s Head Men’s Water Polo Coach and two-time Olympian, assistant coach Gavin Arroyo – Long Beach State’s Head Men’s Water Polo Coach and two-time Olympian and assistant coach Nikola Malezanov – Salem International University Assistant Men’s Water Polo Coach.


Kocur is coming off his third season at Pepperdine where he took over for the Men’s Olympic Team Head Coach Terry Schroeder. He is a Pepperdine graduate and was a member of the 1997 National Championship Team. Kocur trained with the U.S. National team for six years on a consistent basis after his graduation. During his tenure with the national team, Kocur competed in more the 125 international games. He helped the American squad win the 1998 U.S. Open and finish fourth at the 1998 Goodwill Games and the 1999 French Open.


The World University Games feature the elite in college water polo athletes. Team USA has had success in the event earning first place finishes in 1991 and 1993. The title came under the direction of UC-Irvine’s Ted Newland in Sheffield, England while the most recent championship was guided by the late Steve Heaston of Cal in 1993 in Buffalo, New York. The United States last competed in the World University Games in 2003 in Daegu, South Korea claiming an eighth place finish.


“The World University Games will be an important component of the Olympic Development pipeline. We are excited to bring the WUGs level back into the ODP and it will only make our pipeline stronger,” said Director of Olympic Development Guy Baker.





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