Matt Flesher enters his fourth season serving as an assistant coach on the UCLA men's water polo staff. Flesher, a three-time All-America selection at UCLA from 1999-2002, helped guide the Bruins to a 59-21 mark in his first three years as an assistant coach.
Flesher has also served as an assistant coach on the UCLA women's water polo coaching staff the past two seasons, helping lead the Bruins to NCAA titles in 2007 and 2008.
Flesher's instruction has proved vital to the men's water polo team's offense the past two seasons. In 2007, UCLA averaged 12.18 goals per game, the second-best mark among MPSF teams. The previous season, the Bruins averaged 10.5 goals per match, the third-highest total in the conference.
Prior to returning to Westwood 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 in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and also competed for professional Greek team Ethnikos-Pireaus in 2003 and 2004.
Flesher also served as an assistant coach at Corona Del Mar High School in 2004 and helped lead the SeaKings to a CIF Division I Semifinal appearance.
While with the National Team, Flesher competed in the World University Games in 2003 and helped guide the United States to its qualification for the Water Polo World Championships in 2005.
Flesher enjoyed his finest playing season at UCLA as a sophomore in 2000, tallying a career-high 32 goals while adding 14 assists and 16 steals. During that campaign, which earned Flesher honorable mention All-America status, he helped lead UCLA to its second consecutive national title. One of that season's defining moments emerged with Flesher scoring the game-winning goal against Cal in the MPSF Tournament title game.
In 1999 as a newcomer to Westwood, the Diamond Bar native added eight goals to UCLA's 22-3 national championship team. Flesher earned third-team All-America status as a junior in 2001 after pouring in 24 goals, good for third on the squad.
As a senior in 2002, Flesher was again awarded third-team All-America honors after notching 17 goals and serving as UCLA's emotional leader and co-captain. His most noted offensive performance of that season came in the third-place match of the MPSF Tournament, when he led all scorers with three goals to lead UCLA over top-ranked Stanford.
Flesher was awarded UCLA's Jack Bariteau "Most Inspirational Player" Award following the 2002 season.
He earned his degree in political science from UCLA in 2002 and currently competes for the New York Athletic Club Water Polo team.
Flesher was born on April 28, 1980 in Lakewood, Calif.
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