Waves' Rhodes, DeTrane Named to National Team Roster
The Pepperdine water polo program has a long history of both players and coaches with Team USA.
MALIBU, Calif. – Current Pepperdine Water Polo Goalkeeper Zack Rhodes and alum Matthew DeTrane were named to the recent USA Water Polo Senior Men’s National Team roster for the upcoming FINA Intercontinental Tournament. Pepperdine alum Alex Rodriguez will also serve as an assistant coach for the squad.
The tournament runs April 25-30 in Gold Coast, Australia. Team USA opens play on April 25 against Japan. The United States will also take on Kazakhstan, China, Australia and New Zealand before the final day of action on April 30.
It is Rhodes first competition with the Senior National Team as he looks to fill the void left by recently retired Team USA goalkeeper and current Pepperdine Assistant Coach, Merrill Moses.
“Zack had a breakout year for us and his performance really caught the attention of the National Team coaches,” said Moses, a three-time Olympian who anchored the U.S. in goal during the recent Rio Olympics and led Team USA to a silver medal at the 2008 games. “When I recruited Zack he told me that one of his goals was to play for Team USA, now he will be training and competing with them all summer. Now that I’m retired, I love that an athlete I have coached for the past three years has a chance to represent Team USA and Pepperdine University on an international stage.”
Rhodes, a junior out of Palm Desert, Calif., led the Waves to a Golden Coast Conference Tournament Championship this past season, earning tournament MVP honors with 47 saves in three games, including 18 in the championship match. He earned All-American honorable mention after putting up a career-high 279 saves on the year.
For DeTrane, it is his second go-round with the National Team after he previously competed with Team USA at the 2013 FINA World Championships and World League Super Final. DeTrane played for the Waves from 2011-12 after transferring to Malibu following two season at Diablo Valley College. He would earn All-American honors both seasons, scoring 80 goals to go along with 41 assists during his time in Malibu. DeTrane scored four goals for the U.S. at the 2013 FINA World League Super Final and scored three times at the World Championships.
Rodriguez, who played for Pepperdine in 1996 and 97, also served as an assistant for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics alongside Head Coach Dejan Udovic. He was a member of the Waves’ 1997 National Championship squad and served as an assistant in Malibu from 2002-06. Rodriguez is currently on sabbatical from his position as Head Coach at Pomona-Pitzer.