NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
  Brett Ormsby
Brett Ormsby

Player Profile

El Cajon, CA

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 175



Among the most decorated student-athletes in UCLA men's water polo history, Ormsby totaled 243 goals in 99 career matches from 2001-2004, helping lead the Bruins to the 2004 NCAA Championship...concluded his career with the second-most goals in school history (243), trailing Alex Rousseau's total (290) by 47 goals...scored at least one goal in 94 of 99 career matches, including in all 23 games during the 2002 season (sophomore year)...averaged 2.45 goals per game in his career...Ormsby's career total of 243 includes his re-adjusted junior season total of 72 goals in 2003...earned ACWPC All-America honors all four years, including by first-team selection each of his final three seasons...was a four-time All-MPSF Team selection, including by first-team each of final three years...captured MPSF Player of the Week honors eight times, including three times as a senior in 2004...led the Bruins in scoring each of his four years at UCLA...competed for the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, alongside former UCLA standouts Brandon Brooks and Adam Wright (seventh place finish).

Started all 28 matches, scoring a team-best 70 goals (seventh-highest single-season total in school history)...earned first-team All-America and first-team All-MPSF honors for the third straight season...captured 2004 ACWPC Division I Player of the Year honors...led UCLA to the 2004 NCAA Championship with a 25-3 overall record...named Most Valuable Player at the 2004 NCAA Tournament...earned the Dr. James Puffer Loyalty and Contribution Award and Jack Bariteau Most Inspirational Award by his teammates after the 2004 season...totaled 165 attempts, 30 steals, 23 assists, 24 earned exclusions and 13 blocks...scored in 26 of UCLA's 28 matches...recorded a career-high-tying six goals in a season-opening victory against Navy (Sept. 10)...had at least four goals in seven games...named a finalist for the 2004 Peter J. Cutino Award...was named MPSF Player of the Week three times (Sept. 15, Oct. 5, Nov. 16).

Started all 27 matches, scoring a team-leading 72 goals (sixth-highest single-season total in school history)...earned first-team All-America and first-team All-MPSF honors...scored in 25 of UCLA's 27 games...logged a team-best 35 steals and ranked second on the team with 17 assists...was one of three finalists for the 2003 Peter J. Cutino Award...totaled 19 multiple-goal all, averaged 2.67 goals per game...scored a season-high six goals against Pacific (Oct. 19)...recorded at least four goals in eight matches...secured MPSF All-Tournament Team honors...was twice honored as the MPSF Player of the Week (Sept. 30, Nov. 12).

Started all 23 matches, scoring a team-best 58 goals on 136 attempts...captured first-team All-America and All-MPSF acclaim...ranked fourth among MPSF field players in goals scored per game (2.52)...scored in all 23 games, including a season-high five goals in three matches...also registered a team-high 20 assists, 16 steals, 21 earned exclusions and 11 blocks...totaled 18 multiple-goal efforts in 23 matches...scored five goals in UCLA's 7-6 overtime victory against USC in the first round of the MPSF Tournament (Nov. 29)...had three or more goals in 10 contests...notched his third career MPSF Player of the Week award (Oct. 22).

Started all 21 matches, scoring a team-leading 43 goals on 113 attempts...secured second-team All-America and second-team All-MPSF honors...ranked fourth among MPSF field players in goals scored per game (2.05)...was the first freshman at UCLA to lead the team in scoring since Sean Kern in 1997...registered 16 steals, 12 assists, 12 earned exclusions and eight blocks...scored a season-high four goals in three games, including his first career match (vs. UC Irvine, Sept. 8) all, tallied 13 multiple-goal games...scored at least one goal in 26 of the team's 27 games...converted all six of UCLA's four-meter penalty shots...scored game-tying and game-winning goals in the final 1:15 of UCLA's 8-7 win at Pepperdine (Nov. 3)...scored the eventual game-winning goal in seven of UCLA's 10 close game victories...had two tie-breaking goals in wins over USC (Oct. 6, Nov. 17)...became the first UCLA player to earn two MPSF Player of the Week awards in the same season (Oct. 8, Nov. 5).

High School
Four-year varsity water polo letterwinner at Valhalla and one-year swimming letterwinner under head coaches Kent Houston, Pat Higginson and Vicki Hoffman...earned 2000-01 CIF Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors...named the 2000 CIF San Diego Division I Player of the Year and a first-team high school All-America selection...totaled 201 goals as a senior at Valhalla in 2000, pushing his career total to 499 (both CIF San Diego records at the time)...led Valhalla to the 1999 CIF San Diego Division I championship, earning third-team All-America honors after scoring 136 goals as a junior...named a first-team All-League and All-CIF selection three times...was a three-year varsity team captain...competed in freestyle sprints, butterfly and relays for the Valhalla swimming team as a junior.

Team USA
Competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, alongside former UCLA players Brandon Brooks and Adam Wright for the USA Men's National Team...helped lead Team USA to a seventh place finish at the 2004 Olympics and scored one goal against defending world champion Hungary...played with the USA National Team at the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, and in the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic...helped Team USA win the gold at the 2003 Pan American Games, as the united States swept through the field in the Caribbean... helped lead Team USA to a sixth-place finish at the 2003 World Championships, the country's best finish since of four Bruins to compete with the USA National Team in 2002 with the FINA World Water Polo League...was a two-time member of the USA Junior National Team, helping lead Team USA to an undefeated record and gold medal at the 2000 Pan American Games in Venezuela...played for the 2001 Junior National Team at the FINA Junior World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Full name: Brett Thomas Ormsby...born December 1, 1982 in San Diego, Calif....describes the best part of water polo is that "it's exciting, it's always a challenge and it provides me opportunities to travel and meet people"...admires world-renown Hungarian international player Tamas Kasas...history major.

Brett Ormsby's Career Statistics
2001 21/21 43 113 .381 12 16 8 12
2002 23/23 58 136 .426 20 16 11 21
2003 27/27 72 121 .595 17 35 13 --
2004 28/28 70 165 .424 23 30 13 24
Totals 99/99 243 535 .454 72 97 45 --