Matt Flesher enters his third season serving as an assistant coach on the UCLA women's water polo staff in 2009. Flesher, a three-time All-America selection at UCLA from 1999-2002, has helped guide the Bruins to NCAA championships each of the past two seasons, including a perfect 33-0 record in 2008.
Last spring, Flesher helped lead UCLA to its second undefeated season in the past four years and fourth consecutive NCAA championship. At season's end, six women's water polo players earned All-America distinction and senior Courtney Mathewson captured the Peter J. Cutino Award.
In 2007, the Bruins shattered the program record for most goals per game (14.0 gpg), cruising to the program's third consecutive NCAA title. Five Bruins were named All-America selections, and senior Kelly Rulon earned the Peter J. Cutino Award after having established UCLA's career goals total (237).
Flesher has also served as an assistant coach with UCLA's men's water polo program the past four seasons. In that span, UCLA has registered a 75-29 mark.
In his four-year playing career at UCLA, Flesher helped lead the men's water polo program to back-to-back NCAA championships (1999, 2000). Flesher was twice honored as an All-MPSF selection before finishing his collegiate career with 81 goals.
Prior to returning to Westwood as a coach in 2005, Flesher kept busy within the international water polo ranks. He spent three seasons as a full-time member of the U.S. National Team (2002-03, 2005) and competed professionally for the Greek team Ethnikos-Pireaus in 2003 and 2004. Flesher also served as an assistant coach at Corona del Mar High School in 2004, helping lead the SeaKings to a CIF Southern Section Division I semifinal appearance.
As a member of the U.S. National Team, Flesher competed at the 2003 World University Games, helping guide Team USA to its qualification for the 2005 Water Polo World Championships.
Flesher enjoyed his finest playing season at UCLA as a sophomore in 2000, when he tallied a career-high 32 goals while adding 16 steals and 14 assists. An honorable mention All-America selection that fall, Flesher led UCLA to its second consecutive NCAA championship. Among the most defining moments that season included Flesher scoring the game-winning goal against California in the MPSF Tournament's title match.
A newcomer to Westwood in 1999, the Diamond Bar, Calif. native added eight goals to UCLA's 22-3 NCAA title-winning team. Flesher captured third-team All-America accolades as a junior in 2001 after having scored 24 goals, the third-highest total on the team.
As a senior in 2002, Flesher again gained third-team All-America honors after having notched 17 goals and served as UCLA's emotional leader and co-captain. Flesher's most noted offensive performance that season came in the third-place match of the MPSF Tournament, when he led all scorers with three goals to lead UCLA past top-ranked Stanford.
Flesher earned UCLA's Jack Bariteau "Most Inspirational Player" Award following the 2002 season. Flesher, 28, earned his degree in political science from UCLA in 2002.