ROOKLYN, NY. Recent growth of water polo in New York City’s most populous borough has been fueled by an influx of accomplished age group coaches who have experience with polo at the highest levels. Zoli Danko, who leads Mako Polo, hails from Hungary, where he played before joining St. Francis Brooklyn’s intercollegiate team. Bela Rex-Kiss and Andrei Draghici at the Brooklyn Water Polo Club played professionally—Rex-Kiss won a Hungarian League title with Vasas SC, while Draghici played for Romania’s Rapid Bucuresti and Sportul Studentesc.
But none of these coaches can match the pedigree of Y Pro Waterpolo’s Eugene Prokhin. Born in the Soviet Union prior to the 1991 break-up of the USSR, Prokhin achieved success with his native Kazakhstan national team, representing his country in the 2000 Olympics. Arriving in America a few years later, he was part of a Queens College team that finished third at the 2002 NCAA Men’s Water Polo Tournament.
Read all about Y Pro’s success building polo in Brooklyn at Swimming World.