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Richard Corso
Richard  Corso


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Earlier this year Richard Corso earned his 200th victory as the Head Coach of the University of California-Berkeley Women' s Water Polo Team. It is just the latest accomplishment in a career spent coaching water polo at the highest levels. Considered an innovator in the integration of sport science and sport psychology with the game of water polo, Corso spent time as an assistant coach in swimming and water polo at UCLA before beginning his head coaching career with the Yale University club water polo team. From there Corso broke on to the USA Water Polo National Team scene specializing in goalkeeping, serving as the goalie coach for the 1984 Men's Olympic Team that earned silver in Los Angeles and the 2004 Olympic Team that competed in Athens. Corso followed that initial Olympic Games with a head coach assignment for the USAWP Men's Junior National Team from 1984 through 1988 before he took over the reins of the Canadian Men's National Team. In the early 1990s, Corso was named Head Coach of the USA Men's Olympic Water Polo Team earning a seventh place finish at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, falling just a goal short of the medal round. All the while Corso was in the midst of a near 20-year run as Head Coach of aquatics at Harvard-Westlake School, one of the premier programs in the nation. By the time of his departure in 2005 Corso had amassed 40 league crowns and two CIF Championships. No stranger to the club scene, Corso also founded the Los Angeles Water Polo Club, piling up 18 National Championships between 1977 and 2006. Most recently Corso has built up the women's water polo program in Berkeley, currently in his 10th season. In the last five years he has guided the Bears to the NCAA Championship Tournament on three occasions including the title match in 2011.




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