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Jovan Vavic again named National Coach of the Year

Jovan Vavic, center, coaches the Women of Troy. (Photo/Peggy O'Donnell)

For the fourth time in his USC head coaching career, Jovan Vavic has not only collected two championship trophies in one academic year, he has claimed back-to-back National Coach of the Year honors.

Following the USC women’s water polo team’s run to the 2013 NCAA Championship, Vavic has been named Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches’ National Coach of the Year for the 12th time.

In the 2012-13 school year, Vavic saw his men’s and women’s teams lose only one game. After the USC men went undefeated en route to a fifth straight national championship, Vavic guided the USC women to a 27-1 finish this year as the Women of Troy captured their fourth national title. In all, as the head of the USC men’s and women’s programs, Vavic has now collected 12 National Coach the Year awards.

Vavic, who was also named the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year, now holds a career coaching record of 440-132 on the USC women’s side. This season was the fourth time in program history that the USC women have matched the USC men with a championship trophy in the same academic year — a feat previously accomplished in 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2009-10.

In winning this year’s title, Vavic assembled a powerful group of Women of Troy. Three players — Flora Bolonyai, Anni Espar and Monica Vavic — earned First Team All-American honors, joined by Second Team All-American Hannah Buckling, Third Team All-American Kaleigh Gilchrist and All-American Honorable Mention recipients Kelly Mendoza and Madeline Rosenthal.

Espar, Buckling, Mendoza and Rosenthal picked up the first All-American honors of their careers. Bolonyai is now a three-time All-American, while Gilchrist and Vavic are now two-time All-Americans.

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