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Levon Dermendjian & Sarah Greenawalt Join USA Water Polo Staff National Referee Staff

April 16, 2018

Huntington Beach, CA – April 16, 2018 – Veteran water polo referees Levon Dermendjian and Sarah Greenawalt have joined the USA Water Polo staff as the new National Referee Manager and National Referee Coordinator respectively. The duo brings nearly 25 combined years in the whites replacing the recently retired Jim Cullingham who led referee development and education for many years. In this new position Dermendjian will oversee all referee management with a focus on leading zone head referees, trainings and evaluations. Greenawalt will report to Dermendjian with a focus on compliance, incident reporting, and communications.

"The immediate thought was to hire one person to take on all of the responsibilities of referee management. After meeting all the candidates, it became clear that bringing on both Levon and Sarah to lead these efforts was the right move. They both bring practical experience, passion and progressive thinking to their jobs. We all look forward to the work ahead and their newfound leadership," said John Abdou, USA Water Polo Chief High Performance Officer.

"These hires represent a critical step toward improving officiating in the USA, including efforts to build a transparent, merit-based system of training and evaluation that publicly recognizes performance of referees," added Christopher Ramsey, USA Water Polo Chief Executive Officer.

Dermendjian and Greenawalt are charged with the overall improvement of progressively advancing referee administration to better the recruitment, performance and retention of USA Water Polo referees. For a complete list of USA Water Polo referees at the FINA and UANA levels, click here.

Dermendjian is a native of Pasadena, California who started refereeing at age 17 after playing high school water polo. He has officiated at the high school, collegiate and international level and served as the head referee of the Coastal California Zone since 2015. He is also heavily involved in rules education and application in his roles as a member of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) water polo rules committee and as the instructional chair of the water polo branch of the Southern California Aquatics Federation.

Greenawalt hails from Riverside, California and has taken parts in all facets of the game as a player, coach and referee. A 20-year run in the pool saw her play for and then the coach women’s water polo program at Cal State University San Bernardino. For the last seven years she has also served as a water polo referee at the club and collegiate ranks. Greenawalt has been a key piece of water polo governance and administration in her area as the president of the Inland Southern California Aquatics Federation (Officials) and as Club Director of the Riverside Water Polo Club.

About USA Water Polo
USA Water Polo, Inc., is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 45,000 members, USAWP also is the sanctioning authority for more than 500 member clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport throughout the U.S., fostering grass-roots expansion while providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches, and officials. For more information, visit




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