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USA Water Polo Mourns The Loss Of Dr. Barbara Kalbus

Kalbus' impact felt across the globe in the sport of water polo

Every game of water polo has three major components; players, coaches, and officials. Few excel at a high level in just one of these positions but Amber Drury has achieved success in all three. First as a player, Drury was a mainstay of the Women's Senior National Team from 1987 through 1994 competing in three FINA World Cups and two FINA World Championships earning three medals. Named USA Water Polo's Female Water Polo Player of the Year in 1991 and 1994 she blended National Team play with her college career. Coming of age before the widespread availability of women's college programs, Drury was the captain of the Rio Hondo College men's water polo team in 1991. She moved on to Pomona-Pitzer where she was named Division III Player of the Year on two occasions while winning two National Championships. Following her playing career Drury transitioned to coaching, holding various positions in the National Team pipeline. From there she guided several college programs, most recently the University of Michigan and the University of California-Berkeley, winning over 40 games at each post. In 2002 she took Michigan to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, following a CWPA Championship crown. In the meantime Drury has found time to wear the whites, starting as a high school official at the CIF level and now advancing to the highest levels of both the NCAA and FINA. Most recently she officiated the 2014 NCAA Women's Championship and the 2013 FINA World Championship in Barcelona where she whistled the bronze medal match.




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