Huntington Beach, Calif. – March 27, 2009 – Adam Krikorian, who led the UCLA Bruins women
"During the past ten years Adam has compiled an unparalleled NCAA record in women
Krikorian will assume responsibility for the women
"I would like to thank both Chris and Guy for giving me this opportunity and would also like to thank UCLA for allowing me to continue to coach on the collegiate level. With the recent success of both of our National Teams and the new formation of the Olympic Development Program, I believe it is a very exciting time to be associated with USA Water Polo. Personally, I am truly looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to coach and compete with and against the best teams, the best coaches, and the best athletes in the world." Krikorian said.
Krikorian will step down from his position as head coach of the UCLA women
At USA Water Polo, Krikorian will join men
"I'm very excited that Adam will be joining our staff and I look forward to working with him, supporting him in anyway that I can, and learning from him as well," said USA Men's Senior National Team Head Coach
Baker and Krikorian have a long history together dating back to Krikorian's playing days when he was recruited to the Westwood campus by Baker. The duo helped UCLA to their first men's championship in 23 years in 1995 and continued success together after Krikorian's playing days when he joined Baker's staff as an assistant. Krikorian served as co-head coach in the late 90s before taking over full-time in 2001 as Baker transitioned to USA Water Polo.
"What an exciting time for the Women's Senior National Team, the entire Olympic Development Program and USA Water Polo. I have thoroughly enjoyed the selection process and I have the utmost confidence in Adam's abilities as he moves into the international arena. We have been fortunate to share many experiences and we have crossed a similar path before. I look forward to working with Adam as the women's program starts a new era," Baker said.
Women's Senior National Team Captain Brenda Villa echoed many of the same sentiments, "After a very thorough and complete selection process I think I speak for our entire team when I say we are very excited to start a new chapter of the women's program with a very qualified, experienced coach like Adam. In the last decade Adam has won a host of championships and we are confident he will be able to continue the success our team has enjoyed," said Villa.
A former standout on the UCLA varsity water polo team from 1992-95, Krikorian was captain of the UCLA 1995 Men's NCAA championship team, UCLA's first title in 23 years. Krikorian has earned National Women
Krikorian, 34, graduated from UCLA with a psychology degree and a business administration emphasis in June 1997. Krikorian is married to Anicia Mendez, a four-year Bruin letter-winner in varsity tennis who completed her MBA at UCLA. Adam and Anicia reside in
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