James Graham To Add Head Coaching Duties For Women's Water Polo
University of the Pacific Vice President for External Relations and Athletics Ted Leland has announced that men's water polo head coach James Graham will also take over head coaching duties for women's water polo.
"James has done an outstanding job with our men's water polo program and we are excited about the future of our women's program," said Leland. "His ability to provide leadership to the men's team in and out of the pool will certainly extend to both programs."
"I am extremely honored and excited to become the head men's and women's water polo coach here at Pacific," said Graham. "I want to thank Dr. Leland for having the faith and trust in me to lead University of the Pacific's water polo programs. The women's team has a great group of athletes and I am thrilled to have the chance to work with them. I look forward to helping the women's program develop into one of the elite water polo teams and I am eager to see Pacific become one of the premier men's and women's water polo programs in the country."
In just four years at the helm of Pacific's Men's Water Polo program, James Graham has transformed the Tigers into one of the nation's elite programs after taking over head coaching duties in 2008. Under his watch, Pacific has achieved numerous milestones with four Tigers receiving All-America honors and 15 student-athletes being named to the Academic All-America team. He has 53 wins as head coach at Pacific.
Pacific's 2011 campaign saw the Tigers debut at No. 5 in the CWPA Preseason Poll, the highest preseason ranking for the program since 2006. At the MPSF Tournament, Pacific claimed its best finish in five seasons, placing sixth after falling in sudden-death overtime to UC Irvine.
In Graham's third season, he led the Tigers to a 17-11 mark in 2010, including a 4-4 record in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games, good for a share of fifth place. Pacific also won an MPSF tournament game for the first time since 2006 when they beat No. 9 Pepperdine 13-5 in the seventh-place game. At season's end, Graham received USA Water Polo's Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Men's Coaching Award.
James will spend this summer in Europe working for the United States Olympic Men's Water Polo team, doing analytics for the team at the Dublin Cup in Ireland and at the Summer Olympics in London, England.