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    Jovan Vavic
    Jovan Vavic

    Position:
    Head Coach

    Experience:
    20th season

    Career record at USC:
    440-132 (.769)

    09/02/2014

    2014 USC Men's Water Polo Outlook

    Tabbed No. 2 in the nation entering 2014, the Trojans are defying the odds and gunning for another crown.

    05/11/2014

    USC Wraps Up NCAA Action With Third Place Win Over Cal

    Trojans tack up an 11-8 victory over the Golden Bears to finish 2014 with a 26-4 record.

    04/08/2014

    USC's Jovan Vavic Earns National Honor From USA Water Polo

    Vavic is the most successful coach in USC history with 13 national championships.

    03/01/2014

    Trojans Tack On 12 Newcomers For 2014

    More National championship-caliber talent comes to Troy with this latest class of signees.

    02/07/2014

    2014 USC Women's Water Polo Season Outlook

    The Women of Troy are feverishly focused on defending their NCAA crown - this year in their home pool.

    12-TIME NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR • 10-TIME MPSF COACH OF THE YEAR
    13 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS • 10 CUTINO AWARD WINNERS

    Jovan Vavic, one of the top 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 12-time National Coach of the Year and 10-time MPSF Coach of the Year, Vavic boasts a grand total of 13 combined national titles -- including a current six-year run with the USC men -- and has coached 10 Cutino Award winners. With 13 national championships (nine men's and four women's) won during his tenure at USC, Vavic has the most team titles of any USC head coach in history.

    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. 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.

    The USC women's 27-1 overall mark in 2013 culminated in the women's program's fourth national championship in 10 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and improved Vavic's overall career record on the women's side to 440-132 (.769) as he now enters his 20th season as the USC's women's head coach.

    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 375-65 (.852), including 10 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 19 seasons at the helm of the USC men's program, Vavic has improved his career coaching record on the men's side to 448-68 (.868) 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 attend USC and have won national championships with their respective USC water polo teams.

    VAVIC AT USC
    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

    Men's career coaching record: 448-68 (.868) • 19 seasons
    Women's career coaching record: 440-132 (.769) • 19 seasons

    JOVAN VAVIC WITH USC MEN

    YEAR OVERALL PCT. MPSF NCAA FINISH
    2013 28-4 .875 5-3 CHAMPION
    2012 29-0 1.000 8-0 CHAMPION
    2011 24-3 .889 8-0 CHAMPION
    2010 28-2 .933 6-2 CHAMPION
    2009 26-2 .929 8-0 CHAMPION
    2008 29-0 1.000 8-0 CHAMPION
    2007 19-3 .864 6-2 2nd
    2006 26-2 .929 8-0 2nd
    2005 26-1 .963 8-0 CHAMPION
    2004 22-5 .815 5-3 --
    2003 24-3 .889 7-1 CHAMPION
    2002 20-8 .714 5-3 --
    2001 13-7 .650 6-2 --
    2000 23-5 .821 7-1 3rd
    1999 22-5 .815 6-2 --
    1998 25-3 .893 8-0 CHAMPION
    1997 21-7 .750 5-3 2nd
    1996 23-3 .885 7-1 2nd
    1995 20-5 .800 5-3 --
    CAREER 448-68 .868 126-26 9 National Championships

    JOVAN VAVIC WITH USC WOMEN

    YEAR OVERALL PCT. MPSF NATIONAL FINISH
    2013 27-1 .964 5-1 CHAMPION
    2012 23-6 .793 5-2 2nd
    2011 19-8 .703 4-3 4th
    2010 25-3 .893 6-1 CHAMPION
    2009 26-2 .929 7-0 2nd
    2008 21-8 .724 10-2 2nd
    2007 22-6 .786 10-2 3rd
    2006 27-3 .900 12-0 2nd
    2005 25-5 .833 11-1 3rd
    2004 29-0 1.000 11-0 CHAMPION
    2003 24-4 .857 9-1 --
    2002 26-4 .867 10-1 --
    2001 28-4 .875 8-2 **
    2000 23-9 .719 6-3 2nd
    1999 30-2 .938 8-1 CHAMPION
    1998 22-16 .579 3-6 5th
    1997 15-20 .429 0-6 7th
    1996 10-18 .357 0-6 --
    1995 18-13 .581 n/a 5th (DII)
    CAREER 440-132 .769 125-38 4 National Championships

    ** Women's NCAA Tournament began in 2001