USC’s distinguished water polo coach Jovan Vavic has been named the Nation Coach of the Year, his 12th time receiving this honor. This is also the fourth time Vavic has won both titles with both the men’s and women’s teams in the same calendar as well as earning the Coach of the Year designation in back-to-back seasons.
Vavic and his water polo teams absolutely dominated the pool of competition this season, combining for a 57-1 record en route to their respective championships. For the men, it meant blazing a path down an undefeated road to their fifth consecutive national title and for the women, posting a 27-1 record on the way to their fourth championship.
The men made history this season, becoming the first team ever to win five consecutive water polo titles.
Also named the AWPC Coach of the Year and MPSF Coach of the Year in 2013, Vavic saw seven of the members of his women’s team earn All-American honors, including his daughter, Monica Vavic. Monica is a two-time All American and was named the MPSF Player of the Year in 2013. Vavic also has a son, Nikola, who played for USC, setting a number of records and also earning All-American and MPSF honors.
With USC, Vavic has won 12 total titles and is the most decorated coach of any team sport in USC history. In his career, he boasts a 420-64 (.868) record over 18 seasons with the men’s program and a 440-132 (.769) record over 19 seasons with that of the women.