June 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's water polo team has named Dustin Litvak to the post of assistant coach, as announced by head coach Adam Wright. Litvak will report to campus immediately and will begin his duties on Monday, June 17.
"We are very excited to welcome Dusty onboard here at UCLA," Wright said. "He has run one of the most successful water polo clubs in Southern California for a long period of time. He has been a very successful coach at every level and his players have always had sound fundamentals and he's a great teacher of the game. He will be a great recruiter because he knows all of the kids at the club level and the Junior National level. He will be a great asset to our program."
Litvak takes over for Daniel Leyson, who has assumed the head coaching duties for the men's water polo program at UC Davis.
In addition to being the new Assistant Men's Water Polo Coach at UCLA, Dustin is also the Technical Director and High School Boy's Head Coach for the Los Angeles Water Polo Club. As the high school boy's coach, he led the 18U team to an impressive silver medal finish at 2012 US Club Championships. Previously, as the head 16U boy's coach, he led L.A. Water Polo to a California State Championship and the United States Club Championship in 2010. That same 16U team earned a bronze medal that year at the National Junior Olympics. In 2011, Dustin led the 16U boy's team to a silver medal and the 18U team to a bronze medal at the National Junior Olympics.
Dustin also currently serves as the head coach for the Men's Youth Team and the assistant coach for the Men's Junior National Team traveling to Hungary for Junior Worlds this summer.
Additionally, he was the head coach for the Men's Junior 2 National Team, which brought home silver in the 2012 UANA Championships in Montreal, Canada. He is also the assistant coach for the USA Men's Youth National Team that traveled to Perth, Australia in 2012 for the first ever FINA Youth World Championships. He served as the USA Water Polo Olympic Development (ODP) Head Coach for the Coastal Zone Youth Men's Team from 2008-2012, leading them to consecutive national championships in 2008 and 2009. He also serves as the Los Angeles Director for the elite Ironman Water Polo League.
In 2011, Dustin was selected as the USA Water Polo ODP Southern California Region Top Coach as well as the Ironman League's best 16 & overs coach.
In 2009, Dustin was selected as a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Award. Only 24 coaches are selected each year from the millions of youth sports' coaches all over the nation. Most recently, in 2012, Dustin was honored with the Bill Barnett Distinguished Coaching Award for the Coastal California Zone.
On the high school side, he was the Boy's Head Coach at Agoura High School from 2003-2012. In his 10 years at AHS, Dustin led the Chargers to seven consecutive Marmonte League titles between 2006-12 as well as the school's first ever Boy's Water Polo CIF Title in 2007 and unprecedented back-to-back-to-back CIF Titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012, a first for any Ventura County water polo team. He was selected as the Marmonte League Coach of the Year nine consecutive times between 2004-12. He was selected as the CIF Coach of the Year four times - 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Dustin has also been selected as the Los Angeles Daily News Coach of the Year seven times - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. During his 10 years at Agoura HS, Dustin comprised an overall record of 253-61 (.806) and a league record of 109-11 (.908).
He also served as the head coach of current sophomore utility, Danny McClintick, who last year finished fourth on the team in scoring with 37 goals, as UCLA had a second-place finish at the NCAA Tournament, ending the season with an overall record of 28-5.