The new UCLA women’s water polo coach is an old face on campus.
Adam Wright, who has coached the men’s water polo team since 2009, will take over the women’s program, the school announced Thursday, becoming the third coach in school history to coach both teams.
“I am extremely honored to serve as the head coach for both UCLA men’s and women’s water polo teams,” Wright said in a statement. “It is an incredible opportunity to coach the most storied program in women’s water polo. The foundation is already in place for both teams, and I am really looking forward to this new challenge.”
The women’s water polo team played in three of the past four NCAA finals, but finished second to Stanford each time. The Bruins lead the country in NCAA women’s water polo championships with seven, but haven’t claimed the title since 2009.
Wright, who won two national championships as a UCLA player, replaces Brandon Brooks, who stepped down in June.
Under Wright, the men’s program won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2014 and 2015 and had a 57-match winning streak, the longest in NCAA history.