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Justin Pudwill Resigns as Director of Aquatics

Justin Pudwill Resigns as Director of Aquatics

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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

SCIAC Newcomer of the Year – Wedge Molthen (2013), Massimiliano Mirarchi (2014), Hans Zdolsek (2017)

2009 – Upset No. 17 Air Force Academy

No. 1 Final Ranking (CWPA National Polls) – 2009, 2013, 2014

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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.