2010 Hall of Fame Inductee: Sasha Poljak
The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up this Sunday, October 17, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif. The event is SOLD OUT.
Oct. 13, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up this Sunday, October 17, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Sasha Poljak's turn:
One of the most prolific goal-scorers in Pepperdine water polo history, Sasha Poljak was also one of its most accomplished as he was honored three times as an All-American.
A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Poljak was part of three World Championships for Yugoslavia before moving to the U.S. to attend Pepperdine. He spent five seasons in Malibu (1985-89) and still is one of just two players to score more than 300 career goals for the Waves, as his total of 320 trails only Terry Schroeder's 392.
The postseason honors that he won are tremendous: All-American first team in 1987, All-American second team in both 1986 and 1989, PCAA Conference Player of the Year in both 1986 and 1987 and all-conference honors all four years, including as a first-team selection in 1986, 1987 and 1989.
The Waves went 85-52 during his four seasons in the water (Poljak redshirted the 1988 season in order to be part of a stronger 1989 squad). Pepperdine won the PCAA title in 1986 as Poljak scored a team-high 83 goals. As the team captain in 1989, he helped the Waves to a tie for first place in the Big West Conference with 77 goals, which was second on the team. He also contributed 77 goals as a freshman and 83 as a junior.
Pepperdine advanced to the NCAA Championships three times during Poljak's tenure, placing fourth in both 1986 and 1989 and fifth in 1987. He was picked to the All-NCAA Tournament team on all three occasions.
Following Pepperdine, Poljak began a career in the business world, where he has worked in industries such as health care, pharmaceutical and computer software. He is currently the President and CEO of Valley Headquarters and the Managing Partner of Pacific Business Centers, both of which are in the executive office industry.
He has previously been the senior director of sales for the Pyxis Corporation, the interim COO and vice president of sales for Medsn.com and vice president of sales for DispenseSource.
Poljak returned to his water polo roots when he joined the staff at the European Water Polo Academy in Orange, Calif. He then was named the head women's water polo coach at CSU Bakersfield, a position he held for three seasons (2005-07). The Roadrunners posted a record of 59-50 and improved their win total each year. The squad also improved its position in the Western Water Polo Association standings by one spot each season.
Poljak resides in Bakersfield, Calif., with his wife Sarah (also a Pepperdine alum) and their daughters, Ella and Tea. He graduated from Pepperdine in 1989 with a degree in organizational communications. He also earned a certificate in sales strategy and management from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 2000.