Adam Wright begins his first season as an assistant coach on the women's water polo staff. A former standout in the pool at UCLA, where he earned All-America honors his first three seasons (1997-99), Wright will accompany former Bruin teammates Matt Flesher and Brandon Brooks as assistant coaches.
Wright helped lead the UCLA men's water polo team to a 16-8 finish in his first season as an assistant coach on the men's water polo staff.
Wright brings nearly 15 years of experience with the U.S. Men's National Team to his alma mater, having most recently helped lead Team USA to a silver-medal finish at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Wright also competed for the U.S. National Team in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where Team USA finished seventh.
A decorated athlete competing for the U.S. National Team, Wright has helped guide Team USA to first-place finishes at the 2007 Pan-American Games (Rio de Janeiro) and the 2005 ASUA Cup (Mexico City). A threat at both ends of the pool with tough defense and good scoring ability, Wright scored four goals at the 2007 FINA World League Super Final and against the 2007 Pan-American Games. He contributed four goals for Team USA in the 2005 FINA World Championships and scored one goal against Russia at the 2004 Olympics.
In the professional water polo ranks, Wright joined Bissolati Cremona in 2007 after having played for Civitavecchia in Italy in 2006. He also spent time playing for Nuoto Catania (Sicily) in 2005-06 and Dynamo (Moscow) with U.S. teammate Ryan Bailey in 2004-05.
Wright helped lead the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA championships in 1999 and 2000. As a senior, Wright scored 39 goals on 76 attempts before earning honorable mention All-America accolades and second-team All-MPSF honors. In 1999, Wright finished as the team leader in assists (27) and was second in total points (48) and steals (39). A junior that fall, Wright captured third-team All-America and second-team All-MPSF honors.
In his first two seasons in Westwood, Wright scored 43 goals - 26 as a freshman and 27 as a sophomore. Wright gained second-team All-America honors in 1998 and was named an honorable mention All-America and All-MPSF selection as a freshman in 1997.