Waves' Schroeder Named GCC Coach of the Year
Pepperdine won the inaugural Golden Coast Conference Tournament championship.
MALIBU, Calif. – After leading the Pepperdine men’s water polo team to the inaugural Golden Coast Conference Tournament championship, head coach Terry Schroeder received the league’s first-ever Coach of the Year award today.
The award was voted on by the league’s six coaches. The GCC began play this season with the Waves, Long Beach State, Pacific, San Jose State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.
After a 12-12 regular season and going into the tournament as the #4 seed, Pepperdine won three games in three days in Stockton from November 18-20. After dispatching of UC Irvine in the first round (11-9), the Waves beat top-seeded UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals (11-7) and host and #2 seed Pacific in the championship (6-5). Unfortunately, as a first-year conference, there was no automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
It’s Schroeder’s fourth time winning a league’s Coach of the Year award, and he’s earned it in three different conferences now (1989 Big West, 1997 and 1998 MPSF). He was also the 1997 National Coach of the Year after leading Pepperdine to the NCAA title.
Schroeder just finished up his 24th season leading the Waves. He took a break after 20 years to coach the U.S. National Team (including the Olympics in 2008 and 2012), then returned to Malibu in 2013. The three-time Pepperdine All-American also was a member of four U.S. Olympic teams as a player. His squads earned three silver medals (two as a player and one as a coach).
The GCC Tournament title was Pepperdine water polo’s 10th regular-season or tournament title and first since 2002.