Swimming World’s website features an interview with Miras Jelic, coach with Capital Water Polo in Washington, D.C. Formerly a professional player for Spartak Subotica in Serbia, Jelic came to America in 2008, and within a few years had establish a growing club in Richmond, VA at SwimRVA.
After her club was blown out in a 2015 scrimmage with Jelic’s upstart RVA Shark squad, Leslie Entwistle, head coach for Capital Water Polo, wisely offered him a job. The past three years his coaching career has blossomed the last three years. The Capitals have realized increases in membership and competitive opportunities, while Jelic's coaching opportunities have broadened, including a spot on the USA Water Polo Girls Northeast Zone staff.
At a recent youth tournament in Stanford, CT, where his Olympic Development Program (ODP) team was competing, Jelic spoke with Swimming World about coming to America, developing the sport in the Washington D.C. area, what water polo—their national sport—means to Serbians and the challenges of being an experienced coach in a community that has little history with the polo.
Read more about Jelic’s remarkable story of immigrant to successful age group coach here.