Men's Water Polo
    USC's Jovan Vavic Earns National Honor From USA Water Polo
    Jovan Vavic has earned the Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Men's Coaching Award.
    Jovan Vavic has earned the Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Men's Coaching Award.

    April 8, 2014

    USC men's and women's water polo head coach Jovan Vavic has earned more national distinction for his prowess at the pool in being honored by USA Water Polo this past weekend. Vavic is the 2013 recipient of the Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Men's Coaching Award for his work at the Elite level in USA Water Polo.

    Vavic has set a new level of excellence for a coach in men's collegiate water polo. Without ignoring his accolades on the women's side, including a 2013 NCAA National Championship, Vavic has presided over an unprecedented run with his men's program. In December of 2013, Vavic and the Trojans won their NCAA record sixth straight national championship while playing in their ninth straight title match. Named National Coach of the Year 12 times and MPSF Coach of the Year 10 times, in 2013 he also served as interim Head Coach of the USA Men's Senior National Team, helping the team qualify for the 2013 FINA World Championship.

    Vavic and the other National Award recipients were honored along with the 2014 USA Water Polo Hall of Fame members on April 6 in Irvine, Calif., at the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Induction and National Awards Dinner.