Adam Krikorian enters his 15th season on the UCLA men's water polo coaching staff in 2010. Krikorian served as the program's head coach from 1999-2008 and in an assistant capacity from 1996-1998 before assuming Associate Head Coaching duties in July 2009. Krikorian concurrently serves as head coach of the U.S. Women's Water Polo National Team.
Krikorian has won 15 national titles - 11 as a head coach (men's and women's), three as an assistant coach and one as a student-athlete - in 18 years with the UCLA water polo programs. Krikorian helped lead the men's program to NCAA titles as head coach in 1999, 2000 and 2004 and as an assistant coach in 1996. As a senior, he led the Bruins to the 1995 NCAA title, UCLA's first men's water polo championship since 1972.
On the women's side, Krikorian coached UCLA to eight national championships (7 NCAA) as head coach from 1999-2009. Serving as an assistant coach with the women's program in 1997 and 1998, he led UCLA to national titles in each season.
As the men's water polo head coach from 1999-2008, Krikorian guided UCLA to three NCAA Championships and recorded a 192-62 overall record (.756 winning percentage). Krikorian's men's water polo teams went 61-19 in MPSF play in 10 seasons, and two of his men's water polo teams posted a perfect 8-0 MPSF record (1999, 2004).
Between both water polo programs, Krikorian has coached six Peter J. Cutino Award recipients, seven National Player of the Year selections and 12 Olympians. On the men's side, Sean Kern won the Cutino Award in 1999 and 2000 and was named the National Player of the Year in 2000. Brett Ormsby earned National Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2004.
In 2008, Krikorian guided the men's team to a 16-8 record and 5-3 MPSF mark. The Bruins finished fourth in the MPSF regular-season standings and conference tournament. Krsto Sbutega capped a strong four-year career by earning first-team ACWPC All-America honors in addition to being named one of three Cutino Award finalists. In the spring of 2009, Krikorian guided the women's program to its fifth consecutive NCAA title in his final season serving as the women's water polo program's head coach.
In 2007, Krikorian led the men's squad to a third-place tie in the MPSF standings. The Bruins registered a 21-7 record, including a convincing 9-5 victory over undefeated and top-ranked USC the final weekend of October. In the spring of 2008, Krikorian coached the women's team to its fourth consecutive NCAA title.
In 2006, UCLA went 17-6 with a 6-2 MPSF mark, finishing in third place in the conference standings. For the first time in program history, the Bruins won four games against conference-rival Stanford that fall. The following spring, Krikorian guided the women's team to its third straight NCAA title and UCLA's 100th NCAA team championship.
During the 2004-2005 school year, Krikorian led both of his teams to national-champion status for the third time in his six-year career as a head coach. Krikorian previously led both teams to national championships in the same season in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. The 2004 men's water polo team finished with the best winning percentage of any UCLA water polo team since 1972, and his women's squad completed the second undefeated season in NCAA water polo history by running off a record 33-game winning streak.
Krikorian led the men's team back to the top of the rankings in 2004. He guided the Bruins to their first perfect conference finish since 1999 and first NCAA title since winning back-to-back championships in 1999 and 2000. The 2004 squad also rattled off an 18-game winning streak, which included capturing the Nor Cal Tournament title and gaining multiple victories over the nation's other three top-ranked teams - Stanford, California and USC.
In 2002, Krikorian guided a young Bruin team to a third-place finish in the MPSF Tournament and its first win over Stanford in three years. That team also claimed the Nor Cal Tournament Championship with a 6-3 victory over USC in the title game. In the spring of 2003, Krikorian led UCLA's women's water polo team to a national championship, his fifth title as a head coach.
In 2000, Krikorian led the men to their fourth NCAA title in six years and second consecutive championship. He also led the UCLA women to the inaugural NCAA championship in Baker's absence (Baker was coaching the U.S. Women's National Team). The 2001 women's squad finished the season with an 18-4 overall mark, including a 9-1 MPSF record, and won its second consecutive national championship.
Krikorian was promoted to Co-Head Coach at the start of the 1999 men's season, after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons. In the spring of 1999, he served as the interim head coach for the women's water polo team, while Baker was once again coaching the U.S. Women's National Team.
During the 1996-97 school year, Krikorian served as a student assistant coach as he completed his undergraduate studies, assisting Baker in leading both squads to national championships.
As a senior captain in 1995, Krikorian helped lead UCLA to its first men's water polo national championship since 1972. Krikorian scored two goals in the Bruins' 10-8 win over California in the NCAA championship game. During his senior season, he registered a team-best 31 goals, including one two-pointer, while earning All-America second-team honors and All-MPSF second-team accolades.
A four-year letterman, Krikorian captained the team in 1994 and 1995, leading the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons. He finished his Bruin career with 76 goals, including a pair of two-pointers. Krikorian was named "Most Inspiration Player" by his teammates in each of his last three seasons.
A standout prep athlete at Mountain View High School, Krikorian was a four-year letterman in water polo and swimming. As a senior, he scored 113 goals and earned honorable mention All-America accolades. In 1992, he helped lead his team to the National Junior Olympic championship. Krikorian's older brother, Blake, was on the UCLA water polo team from 1986-89.
Krikorian, 36, graduated from UCLA with a psychology degree and a business administration emphasis in June 1997.
In May of 2001, Krikorian married Anicia Mendez, a four-year Bruin letterwinner in tennis who is completing her MBA at UCLA. Adam and Anicia reside in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with their son Jack (4) and daughter Annabel (born June 2009).
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