Jan. 24, 2001
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Adam Krikorian, co-head coach of the men's and women's water polo teams for the last two years, will take over as head coach of both teams, it was announced yesterday. Guy Baker, co-head coach with Krikorian, will be leaving UCLA to become the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Senior Team and National Teams Director.
"I am excited at the opportunity to continue to coach such successful programs at a special university. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of such a legendary coach," said Krikorian.
Krikorian has been co-head coach since the fall of 1999, and led the women's team to the 2000 national championship while Baker was with the US National team. Krikorian has been associated with UCLA for nine of the 10 years that Baker was in Westwood, either as a student-athlete, assistant coach or co-head coach.
Krikorian played for the Bruins from 1992-95 and led the Bruins the 1995 NCAA Championship. He joined the coaching staff for the 1996-97 school year as a student assistant coach while finishing his undergraduate degree. He stayed on as an assistant coach and was promoted to co-head coach in 1999.
In the last six men's and five women's seasons, UCLA won eight national championships in the 11 combined seasons. Krikorian won the first one as a player, and the next seven as a coach.