Jack Kocur
Jack  Kocur

Head Coach


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Pepperdine Water Polo (Jeff Golden Photography)

Photos snapped by Jeff Golden during Pepperdine's season home finale vs. Cal.


Pepperdine Water Polo (Zac Prange Photography)

Photographs from Pepperdine's home game vs. Loyola Marymount on Sept. 11.


Pepperdine Water Polo (Jeff Golden Photography)

Pictures taken by Jeff Golden of Pepperdine's game vs. Loyola Marymount on Sept. 11, 2010.


Pepperdine Water Polo (Bill Farnan Photography)

Photos taken by Bill Farnan during Pepperdine's season-opening games vs. Golden West, UCSB and Claremont.


Pepperdine Water Polo (Bob Krystofik Photography)

Photographs taken by Bob Krystofik during Pepperdine's mid-summer scrimmage series.

Jack Kocur Career Coaching Record Get Acrobat Reader

Jack Kocur, a former Pepperdine All-American and member of its 1997 national championship team, completed his sixth season as head coach of the men's water polo program in 2011.

After four seasons as an assistant coach, Kocur was elevated to interim head coach for the 2006 season when Terry Schroeder took a season off to work with the U.S. National Team. When the U.S. qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Schroeder was named head coach, Kocur became the full-time head coach at Pepperdine for 2007.

In his six seasons as head coach, Kocur's overall record was 95-78 (.549). The Waves posted winning records in three of his six seasons. Since 2002 and in the eight seasons that Kocur was part of the program's coaching staff, Pepperdine was 163-121 (.574).

Although Kocur's first team at Pepperdine finished with a 13-17 record in 2006, he redshirted several of its top players in order to get an edge in the next couple of seasons. That plan worked as the Waves went 27-10 overall in 2007, the most wins by a Pepperdine team in more than 20 years.

Then, in 2008, the Waves finished with a #2 national ranking, went 21-7 overall and tied for second place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. He was awarded MPSF co-Coach of the Year honors in 2008. The 2009 Waves went 13-12 overall and ended the year ranked sixth.

In his first season as an assistant coach (2002), the Waves won the MPSF's regular-season title and finished with a #3 national ranking.

Kocur trained with the U.S. National Team for six years on a consistent basis after graduating from Pepperdine. During his tenure with the national team, Kocur competed in more than 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.

As a senior in 1997, he was one of four Pepperdine players to be named an All-American first teamer as the Waves rolled to a 25-3 record and a national championship. Pepperdine defeated local rival USC by a final score of 8-7 in overtime in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to claim the school's first-ever NCAA water polo title.

During his collegiate career at Pepperdine, Kocur tallied 138 goals (tied for 14th place on the school's all-time list) and set the school record with 28 two-point goals. He was an All-American third team selection as a sophomore in 1994 and an honorable mention choice during his junior campaign in 1995. Pepperdine posted a cumulative 67-38 (.638) record during Kocur's collegiate career, and the Waves rolled to a perfect 8-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play during the 1997 campaign.

A prep standout at Royal High School in Simi Valley, Calif., Kocur was selected the 1992 Ventura County Player of the Year and the Marmonte League's Most Valuable Player. A three-time All-Marmonte League first team selection, Kocur registered 372 career goals at Royal High, where he also lettered in baseball and swimming. He was tabbed the school's Athlete of the Year in 1992-93.

Kocur was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team from 1989-93, and helped the American squad win the gold medal at the 1989 Junior Pan American Games in Mexico and claim first place at the 1993 Canadian Open.

He also coached water polo at nearby Harvard-Westlake High School.

Kocur graduated from Pepperdine in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration. He currently resides in Calabasas with his wife, Jodie, and their son Camden and daughter Sadie.

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