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Baker, Krikorian Named Co-Head Coaches
By: UCLA Athletics

Aug. 24, 1999

WESTWOOD, Calif. -- Current assistant coach Adam Krikorian has been promoted to share head coaching duties with Guy Baker for the UCLA men's and women's water polo programs, Associate Athletic Director Betsy Stephenson announced yesterday.

Krikorian, a former All-American water polo player for the Bruins from 1992-95 and captain of the 1995 national championship squad, has served as a full-time assistant for the last three years. Last spring, the Mountain View, Calif. native was the interim head coach for the women's team while Baker coached the U.S. National Team. During his short tenure on the UCLA staff, Krikorian has assisted three national championship teams.

Baker, entering his ninth year at the helm of the UCLA water polo program, has guided five Bruin teams to national championships including four consecutive men's and women's crowns beginning with the men in '95. He currently serves as the head coach for the U.S. Women's National Team.

"UCLA is excited about Adam's promotion to co-head coach," Stephenson said. "We feel very fortunate to have Guy and Adam on staff as co-head coaches because their coaching styles and strengths compliment one another. Both men's and women's programs will greatly benefit from this adjustment in staffing."

The 1999 UCLA men's water polo team opens the season Saturday, Sept. 4 in the Wasko Tournament at Pepperdine. The Bruins first home match is Saturday, Sept. 11 at noon against UC Irvine at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on the UCLA campus. The women's team competes in the spring.

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