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WHITTIER, Calif. – Justin Pudwill, Director of Aquatics and Head Men's & Women's Water Polo Coach, announced his resignation Wednesday morning. Pudwill departs after eleven seasons, which he committed himself to recruiting student-athletes who succeeded both in the classroom and in the water.
"We are so grateful for Justin's tremendous service to Whittier College and our athletic program," explained Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman. "Justin's exceptional leadership, dedication and vision have led both our men's and women's water polo programs to unprecedented heights during his tenure, with conference championships and NCAA appearances. His pride in serving our student-athletes has helped develop so many incredible leaders of character. Justin has left a lasting legacy at Whittier College and we wish him and his family all the best for continued success in their future endeavors."
Pudwill led the Whittier College Men's & Women's Water Polo teams to four Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships, fourth berths into the National Championships, and was named the ACWPC Division III Coach of the Year three times. He is the winningest coach in Whittier College Water Polo history compiling 339 victories averaging 16 wins per season.
"Justin was everything we expected him to be when he was hired eleven years ago, and he leaves us having fulfilled a Hall of Fame career," Coleman stated.
Men's Water Polo
Head Coach – 2007-2017 (11 Seasons)
Overall Record – 175-176 (.499 Winning Percentage)
SCIAC Record – 78-41 (.655 Winning Percentage)
SCIAC Champions - 2013 & 2014
NCAA Championship Appearances - 2013 & 2014
SCIAC Runner-Ups – 2009, 2015, 2017
ACWPC Division III Coach of the Year – 2013 & 2014
ACWPC Division III Player of the Year – Goran Mataic (2013) (2014)
ACWPC All-Americans – 33 Athletes
ACWPC All-Academic – 35 Athletes
WWPA Newcomer of the Year – Erick Gonzalez (2010)
SCIAC Player of the Year – Goran Mataic (2013) (2014)
All-SCIAC Performers – 34 Athletes
2009 – Upset No. 17 Air Force Academy
No. 1 Final Ranking (CWPA National Polls) – 2009, 2013, 2014
Women's Water Polo
Head Coach – 2009-2018 (10 Seasons)
Overall Record – 164-159 (.508 Winning Percentage)
SCIAC Record – 64-44 (.593 Winning Percentage)
SCIAC Champions – 2015 & 2016
NCAA Championship Appearances – 2015 & 2016
ACWPC Division III Coach of the Year – 2016
ACWPC Division III Player of the Year – Angelica Hernandez (2016)
ACWPC All-Americans – 29 Athletes
ACWPC All-Academic – 55 Athletes
SCIAC Coach of the Year – 2015
SCIAC Player of the Year – Angelica Hernandez (2016)
All-SCIAC Performers – 23 Athletes
SCIAC Newcomer of the Year – Jenel Rivera (2014)
SCIAC Runner-Ups – 2017
No. 1 Final Ranking (CWPA National Polls) – 2015 & 2016
A national search for Pudwill's successor will begin immediately.