Christian Emerson and Marko Vavic sign on to join USC men’s water polo.
Trojans open their 2017 campaign this week at the Winter Invitational in Santa Barbara, Jan. 20-22.
McQuin Baron, Matteo Morelli and Grant Stein earn All-MPSF First Team honors.
USC’s 15th straight win of 2016 notches the Trojans’ 10th MPSF Tournament championship.
Bumper class of talent will splash down at USC in 2018.
PAC-12 COACH OF THE CENTURY | 13-TIME NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR |
Jovan Vavic, one of the most decorated water polo coaches in the country, serves a dual role as the head coach of both the USC men’s and women’s teams. He has been with the USC women’s program since its inception in 1995, and has led both teams to national championships three times in the same school year (1998-99, 2003-04 and 2009-10). A 13-time National Coach of the Year and 12-time MPSF Coach of the Year, Vavic boasts a grand total of 14 combined national titles — including a six-year run with the USC men — and has coached 12 Cutino Award winners. The USC women’s undefeated run through the 2016 season brought Vavic the 14th national championship (nine men’s and five women’s) won during his tenure at USC. Vavic has the most team titles of any USC head coach in history.
Vavic’s 2016 women’s team reached the NCAA Tournament for the 13th straight season. What’s more, the Women of Troy were able to finish off the program’s second undefeated season, going 26-0 en route to an epic win in the 2016 national championship game. That perfect season improved Vavic’s overall career record on the women’s side to 516-142 784775) as he now enters his 23rd season as the USC’s women’s head coach.
In the calendar years of 2013 and 2010, Vavic swept both sides of the game, winning national championships with the women in the spring and following that with men’s titles in the fall of those years. In 2013, the Women of Troy won the longest NCAA women’s championship game in history, beating Stanford 10-9 in triple sudden death to claim USC’s fourth national championship on the women’s side, while finishing with a 27-1 overall record. The USC men would follow with a historic feat of their own, winning an unprecedented sixth straight national championship in claiming the 2013 crown. In 2010, the USC women and men went back-to-back as Vavic followed 2010 National and MPSF Coach of the Year awards on the women’s side with 2010 National and MPSF Coach of the Year with the men in leading the Trojan men to their third consecutive national championship.
Following the USC men’s 2009 NCAA title and the USC women’s run to the 2010 national championship, Vavic saw two Trojans sweep the Cutino Awards for the third time in his career, as J.W. Krumpholz and Kami Craig went back-to-back as the 2009 and 2010 Cutino Award winners following the USC women’s run to the 2010 NCAA Championship. The first Trojan pair to sweep the awards was Juraj Zatovic and Lauren Wenger in 2006.
Since 1999 when the program was fully funded, Vavic’s record is 401-69 (.853), including 11 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Between 2003 and 2010, Vavic was named either MPSF or National Coach of the Year (or both) every year but one. His 2004 women’s team won the national championship and became the first team in NCAA Championship history to go undefeated (29-0). In 1999, 2004 and 2010, Vavic was named the women’s National and MPSF Coach of the Year.
Vavic oversaw the team’s move from Division II in 1995 to Division I in 1996. He guided USC to its first-ever Division I National Collegiate Championships appearance in 1997 and a seventh-place national finish while the 1998 team took fifth nationally. In 1999, USC won the national championship, and Vavic was named the National Coach of the Year and the MPSF Coach of the Year. The 2000 squad added another strong showing, finishing second nationally. Vavic came to USC in 1992 as an assistant men’s water polo coach, joined John Williams as co-head coach in 1995 and took over the men’s program in 1999 after Williams retired. He and Williams were named National Coaches of the Year in 1998 after leading USC to its first-ever national championship. They were also named MPSF Co-Coaches of the Year in 1996 after leading USC to the conference title. In fact, in the 1998-99 season, Vavic did something no other coach has accomplished as his teams won three national championships. Besides capturing the 1998 men’s and 1999 women’s titles, his 1999 men’s club team won the Men’s Senior National Club Championship. In 21 seasons at the helm of the USC men’s program, Vavic has improved his career coaching record on the men’s side to 494-82 (.858) with national championships won in 1998, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Vavic, a native of Yugoslavia, spent the 1990 season as an assistant men’s coach at UCLA. Previously, he coached three seasons (1987-1990) at Palos Verdes (Calif.) High, where he led Palos Verdes to two undefeated league seasons (1987-89). Vavic also served as assistant coach to the U.S. team at the 1995 World University Games, and was the head coach of the team in 2003.
In November 2012, Vavic was named interim head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team, and led Team USA to World Championship qualification with success at the 2013 UANA World Aquatic Championship Qualification Tournament in Canada.
Vavic graduated from UCLA in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Nikola, Monica, Marko and Stefan. Nikola and Monica both played water polo for their father at USC and both won national championships with their respective USC water polo teams.
1996 MPSF Men's Co-Coach of the Year
1998 National Men's Co-Coach of the Year
1999 MPSF Women's Coach of the Year
1999 National Women's Coach of the Year
2003 MPSF Men's Coach of the Year
2003 National Men's Coach of the Year
2004 MPSF Women's Coach of the Year
2004 National Women's Coach of the Year
2005 MPSF Men's Coach of the Year
2005 National Men's Coach of the Year
2006 MPSF Men's Coach of the Year
2008 MPSF Men's Coach of the Year
2008 National Men's Coach of the Year
2009 National Men's Coach of the Year
2010 MPSF Women's Coach of the Year
2010 National Women's Coach of the Year
2010 MPSF Men's Coach of the Year
2010 National Men's Coach of the Year
2011 National Men's Coach of the Year
2012 National Men's Coach of the Year
2013 MPSF Women's Coach of the Year
2013 National Women's Coach of the Year
2016 MPSF Women's Coach of the Year
2016 National Women's Coach of the Year
2016 MPSF Men's Coach of the Year
Men's career coaching record: 518-84 (.860) • 22 seasons
Women's career coaching record: 516-142 (.785) • 22 seasons
JOVAN VAVIC WITH USC MEN
JOVAN VAVIC WITH USC WOMEN
5 National Championships
** Women's NCAA Tournament began in 2001