Two-Time Olympian Moses Joins Waves' Coaching Staff
MALIBU, Calif. - Merrill Moses, a two-time Olympian and former All-American water polo player at Pepperdine, has joined the Waves' staff as the interim co-head coach, Director of Athletics Steve Potts announced today.
Moses, a goalkeeper who helped lead Pepperdine to the 1997 NCAA championship and the United States to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, has 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," Moses said. "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 Schroeder."
William Rodriguez, another alum who rejoined the staff this season, will be the other interim co-head coach for the rest of the 2012 season. It was announced earlier this summer that Terry Schroeder will return as head men's water polo coach in January 2013. He is slated to help out as a volunteer assistant coach this season. Schroeder coached the Waves for 20 seasons (1986-2005), including the 1997 national championship, before departing to become the head coach of the USA men's water polo team for the past two Olympics.
"Our water polo program will be in excellent hands for a long time with the coaching staff we have assembled," Potts said. "These are men who love Pepperdine and believe in its mission, and who helped the water polo program to achieve so much of its success in past years. 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 was the starting goalkeeper for the United States at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He 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.
The Waves (2-0) defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and La Verne at the UCLA Invitational last weekend and host rival Loyola Marymount in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup game this Saturday (Sept. 8) at noon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. Fans can watch the game for free online via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com.