Jovan Vavic promotes his longtime assistant coach and former player.
No. 3 seeded Trojans head to La Jolla this weekend to fight for yet another national championship.
More National championship-caliber talent comes to Troy with this latest class of signees.
Longtime assistant coach to Jovan Vavic enters his 13th season on the Trojan staff.
USC heads to Palo Alto to fight for the right to make collegiate water polo history this weekend.
Former USC All-American Marko Pintaric is in his 17th season on the USC staff, and is now serving his second season as co-head coach for the USC men’s program after three seasons as an associate head coach. Pintaric also currently serves as the scouting director for the USC women. A member of USC’s 1998 national championship team as a player, he has been on the USC coaching staff for eight USC men’s title runs and four women’s NCAA crowns.
Pintaric was a two-year starter for the Trojans in 1997 and 1998. He recorded 44 goals during the Trojans’ 1998 national championship season and earned National Player of the Year and first team All-America honors. He also earned second team All-America honors in 1997. Pintaric was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team both years. He transferred to USC from the University of Zagreb in Croatia, where he was a member of the Croatian Junior National Team (1989-94).
Along with his current coaching experience, Pintaric served as the varsity coach at Loyola High in Los Angeles during the 1999-2000 school year. He has played club for Shores and Los Angeles Water Polo, and currently plays for the New York Athletic Club, where he also was a member of the 2001 summer national championship team and four consecutive winter national championship teams (1999-2002).
In November 2012, Pintaric joined interim head coach Jovan Vavic on the coaching staff for the U.S. Men’s National Team, helping lead Team USA to World Championship qualification with success at the 2013 UANA World Aquatic Championship Qualification Tournament in Canada.
Pintaric graduated from USC in 2000 with a degree in communications and earned his master’s in 2003 in communications management. He and his wife, Beatrice, have two sons, Francesco and Filip.