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Nikola and Jovan Vavic
USC men's water polo's Nikola and Jovan Vavic shared honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. (Photo/Dan Avila)

USC men’s water polo father-son duo Jovan and Nikola Vavic swept the 2012 National Coach and Player of the Year honors, announced on Jan. 29.

Given out by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, the awards capped off a season in which USC men’s water polo won its fifth straight national championship.

Jovan Vavic is now an 11-time National Coach of the Year after winning his 11th NCAA title (eight men’s and three women’s). With his son by his side, he’s currently in Canada preparing the U.S. National Team for the World Championship qualification tournament.

Nikola Vavic set the USC single-season scoring record, netting 83 goals as a junior. He’s joined on the All-American first team by goalie James Clark and Final Four MVP Michael Rosenthal.

Kostas Genidounias, who scored the winning goal in the NCAA Championship, was named a second team All-American, while Mace Rapsey made the third team. Matt Burton, Jeremy Davie and Stephen Siri earned honorable mentions.

The Vavic family is still awaiting announcement of the Cutino Award, given each spring to the nation’s best male and female college water polo player. Jovan Vavic has coached 10 Cutino winners, including Joel Dennerley ’12, who garnered the honor after the 2011-12 season.

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