Matt Armato, a three-time NCAA champion and the most prolific outside scorer in Bruin history, begins his third season as a UCLA men's water polo assistant coach.
He has won four national championships as a player and coach. Armato was a pivotal member of the 1995, 1996, and 1999 NCAA championship teams and scored 13 two-point goals, more than anyone in Bruin history.
Armato served as an assistant to Adam Krikorian as the two guided the UCLA women's water polo team to a national collegiate championship in 1999.
His banner year was his senior season of 1999, when he received first-team All-America honors. Armato scored 36 goals, including the game-winner of the 1999 NCAA final against Stanford. He tied the Bruins' single-season mark of six two-point goals and was named the MPSF Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Armato also earned Honorable-Mention All-America status in the 1997 season (his junior year), scoring 31 goals, including four two-pointers. He was the only true freshman on the 1995 team that won UCLA's first title in 23 years.
The U.S. Junior National Team called Armato's name for the 1996 Pan American Games, and he responded by helping the U.S. to the gold medal. He also spent time with the U.S. National Team and competed in the UPS Cup at Los Alamitos. Armato also played professionally for Askartza of Bilbao, Spain during the 2000-01 season.
Armato attended Wilson HS in Long Beach, where he played for US National Team coach Rick Azevedo and earned prep All-America recognition. He captained Wilson to a CIF Division I title and scored 170 career goals. He also helped Wilson's swim and golf teams to league championships.
Armato, 26, graduated from UCLA with a Geography-Urban Planning degree in 2000.
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