UCLA’s Wright Talks Growth and Polo in the East at Princeton Tourney

A recent visit to Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool by two-time defending national champion UCLA was memorable not only because it was the team’s first East Coast visit since the 2009 NCAA Men’s Water Polo Tournament; it was also an opportunity for New York-based water polo journalist Michael Randazzo to catch up with Bruins’ head coach Adam Wright, perhaps the most accomplished figure in U.S. water polo.

A two-time NCAA champion as a player (1999-2000) as well as three-time Olympian (2004, 2008 — when he was a member of Team USA’s silver medal winning squad —and 2008) Wright, now entering his eighth season in Westwood, has compiled a sparkling .865 winning percentage (192-30) while leading the Bruins to consecutive titles (2014, 2015) for the third time in program history.

With his team on a 38-match win streak — including 5-0 in New Jersey — Wright spoke about the pressures of being a high-profile program at the most successful college athletics program in America, the U.S. Men’s National Water Polo Team’s failure to advance to the knockout round in the Olympics for the first time since the 1964 Tokyo Games, and his friendship with U.S. women’s head coach Adam Krikorian, considered to be the best women’s coach in the world.

Read the entire interview on TotalWaterPolo.com