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Success is no accident for polo

first_imgEric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Wednesdays. The women’s water polo team won its fifth national championship in program history on Sunday, adding to the impressive — yet largely unnoticed — dynasty that is water polo at USC.When you think of dynasties in Trojan athletics, you immediately think of football — the Pete Carroll era, the success under John McKay and John Robinson — or maybe baseball and Rod Dedeaux’s 11 national championships in a 45-year tenure.But flying under the radar is water polo — a sport that barely registers on the casual USC fan’s radar — and Jovan Vavic, the head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams, who has amassed more national championships than any coach in USC history, but could walk straight down Trousdale and go unrecognized.His resume features 14 national championships (five women’s, nine men’s) and 22 Coach of the Year awards (12 National Coach of the Year honors and 10 MPSF Coach of the Year awards). His winning percentage is above .700 with both the men and the women’s teams. On the men’s side, he has appeared in 11 consecutive national championships, and from 2008 to 2013, his team won it all. Every year. Six years in a row.Vavic is essentially the John Wooden of water polo, and it’s no secret why. He demands the best from his players and never expects anything less. Observe him during a game and he is intimidating, to say the least, with his booming voice barking orders at his players and yelling at the referees.And he never stops coaching. In a game in late March, as the women’s water polo team was ahead by five goals against Cal in the season finale and a minute away from clinching a perfect 21-0 regular season, Vavic barked at his team to press or pressure the opponent. They didn’t, and he called a timeout to light up his players.“Why didn’t you press?” he yelled loud enough for everyone present at Uytengsu Aquatics Center to hear.Mind you, this was in the final minute of the final regular season game that was well out of reach for the opponent. It was the equivalent of a basketball coach telling his or her team to stage a full court press with a 20-point lead in the final 30 seconds. But that’s just the way Vavic is.“He just keeps pushing and pushing and pushing,” junior attacker Stephania Haralabidis said after the 11-6 win over Cal. “He’s a perfectionist. That’s good. If we have a 5-goal lead, we start relaxing.”And relaxation is not an option for Vavic, at least in the pool. Take a look at this excerpt from a feature on Vavic in Los Angeles Magazine:“This is, after all, the man who lines up players along the outdoor pool deck and laces into them as they stand shivering. Who kicked a container filled with medicine balls so hard, he broke a toe. Who angrily drew a circle on a whiteboard, explaining that it was the empty dessert plate of a player he then blasted for being too slow.”Vavic has a strong “tough love” approach that is demanding but has earned the respect of his players.“Him screaming at us makes us go like this,” Haralabidis said, throwing her hands in the air. “It helps a lot.”Two months later, Haralabidis would find out how much it helped. She scored the game-winning goal to win the national championship for USC, delivering a left-handed strike from the right side into the back of the net with six seconds remaining to give the Trojans an 8-7 win over Stanford and capping off a 26-0 season for the Women of Troy.Vavic is, in many ways, the perfect water polo coach. Water polo is not a sport for the weary, a fact that I was quickly introduced to when covering the men’s beat last season. The water might make it appear like a graceful, agile sport, but make no mistake: it is physical, fast-paced and demanding. Treading water for 32 minutes is hard enough without worrying about the holding, strangling and shoving — and that’s just what happens above the surface. I’ve heard of players purposely growing their toenails out, and let’s just say it’s not because they have regular pedicure appointments.A tough sport calls for a tough leader, and for more than two decades Vavic has continuously found the right formula to lead his teams to the top, year upon year. The championship win on Sunday — Vavic’s ninth in nine seasons — further cements his legacy as an all-time legendary coach in USC history.Amidst the coaching carousel that has embroiled the football team in recent seasons, it is refreshing to see that at least one program at USC has a coach with all the job security in the world, coaching two teams and delivering winners on a regular basis. Maybe it’s time for Trojan fans to start paying attention to him and his sport.last_img read more

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UFC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plans to make a biopic on Mark Kerr

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US After blessing fans by putting the BMF title on Jorge Masvidal’s waist at the UFC 244 recently, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is planning to make a biopic on the UFC heavyweight champion from the 90s, Mark Kerr. Dwayne Johnson is all about challenges and surprises and the WWE Superstar-turned-actor has always been a role model for millions. His decision of making a biopic on Mark Kerr has won him a lot of appreciation again. ‘The Rock’ has always been a huge fan of MMA and he has graced UFC events with his presence in UFC 214 and UFC 244. Now, it is time to bring up that love onto the silver screen for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. COMMENT Written By 10 months ago Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson hauls up new UFC title belt 10 months ago UFC 244 becomes the second most attended UFC event in New York First Published: 5th November, 2019 23:50 IST LIVE TV Raj Sarkar WATCH US LIVEcenter_img WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz salary revealed 10 months ago UFC 244: Doctor faces online threats after Diaz vs Masvidal fight Also Read- UFC 244: Doctor Faces Online Threats After Diaz Vs Masvidal FightUFC: Dwayne Johnson’s thoughts on the UFC StarAccording to Dwayne Johnson, Mark Kerr’s story is incredible and he feels that like that Kerr is a fighter inside and outside the Octagon. Kerr has fought with the demons of addiction, mental health and the extreme pressure of fighting in front of 50,000 people. The Rock feels that it is a story everyone should know. He added that Mark Kerr lives a dramatic life and if things go as per planned, UFC fans will really have a good time in the theatres with a legend on the silver screen.Also Read- UFC: Dana White Won’t Set Up Yoel Romero Vs Israel Adesanya ClashAlso Read- Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson Hauls Up New UFC Title Belt FOLLOW US 10 months ago Conor McGregor: Fighter’s salary, net worth and next UFC opponent Also Read- UFC: Dana White Says “things Will End Badly” For Tyson Fury At UFCUFC: Biopic on Mark KerrMark Kerr was one of the most prominent heavyweight superstars of UFC back in the 90s and his story is surely that motivates us all for keeping up the fight. After getting success in Brazil, Mark Kerr was invited to compete in the UFC. He was one such fighter who has been with UFC since its very initial days. Mark Kerr debuted at the UFC 14 Heavyweight Championship title fight. He stepped in the first fight against Moti Horenstein and got the TKO win in the very first round. After the victory, Karr advanced to the finals of the heavyweight tournament and became the champion by submitting Dan Bobbish in the first round of the finals.  Last Updated: 5th November, 2019 23:50 IST UFC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Plans To Make A Biopic On Mark Kerr Dwayne Johnson updates UFC fans with the fact that he is planning to make a movie on Mark Kerr’s life and it is his upcoming project. Know more about it.last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: RESULTS OF THE MILFORD 10K

first_imgMilford 10k 2012 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 443 34.57 Kevin Ferry SM Letterkenny A C 2 298 35.08 Kieran Crawford SM Letterkenny A C3 268 35.16 sean McGettigan SM Finn Valley A C4 442 37.01 Jude O’ Donnell SM Letterkenny A C5 262 37.14 Pat Hegarty M50 Finn Valley A C 6 341 37.45 Brian Ferry SM Individual7 294 37.47 Padraig Friel SM Letterkenny A C8 452 37.51 Gerard Mc Granaghan SM Letterkenny A C9 299 38.48 Barry Meehan SM Letterkenny A C10 458 39.13 P.J Boyce M50 Cranford A C 11 363 39.29 Niall Barry SM Individual12 287 39.31 Michael Deveny M40 United Health Care13 435 39.40 Raymond Doherty M45 Finn Valley A C14 251 39.41 Hugh Coll SM Individual 15 295 39.49 Adrian Callaghan SM Letterkenny A C16 253 39.59 Joe Gallagher SM Individual17 296 40.21 Ciaran O Donnell M40 Letterkenny A C18 455 40.22 Paul Mc Monagle SM Letterkenny A C19 307 40.36 Annraoi Cheevers SM Letterkenny A C20 288 40.59 Ciaran Coyle SM United Health Care21 263 41.20 Ray McGahey M40 Individual22 368 41.43 Hugh Hunter SM Individual23 254 41.59 Joe Hegarty M50 Finn Valley A C24 436 42.08 James Gibbons M50 Finn Valley A C25 449 42.28 Paul Cosgrove M40 Letterkenny A C26 264 42.43 Paul Friel M40 Individual27 448 42.49 Richard Raymond M50 Letterkenny A C28 357 42.59 Barney Coyle SM Individual29 261 43.04 Marie Boyle SW Letterkenny A C30 348 43.10 Mark McPaul JM Milford A C22 September Page 1 of 5 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club31 370 43.30 Curly Coyle SM Individual32 453 43.35 Monica Mc Granaghan SW Letterkenny A C33 329 43.39 John Doherty SM Individual34 361 43.44 Brian Doherty SM Individual35 364 44.02 Patrick Mc Conigley JM Letterkenny A C36 347 44.02 Sheamus Doherty JM Letterkenny A C37 250 44.15 Sylvester Hiemstra M40 Milford A C38 266 44.24 Kenny Graham M40 Individual39 257 44.24 Phil Boyle M40 Letterkenny A C40 356 44.34 Liam Marley M50 Cranford A C41 256 44.44 Irene McFadden SW Letterkenny A C42 258 45.45 Naoise Enright SM Letterkenny A C43 450 45.47 Jane Mc Ginley SW Individual44 465 45.50 Gloria Donaghey W50 Finn Valley A C45 252 46.04 Hugh O’Donnell M50 Individual46 336 46.38 Walter Graca SM Individual47 332 46.53 James Doherty M60 Milford A C48 260 47.24 Margret Shiels W40 Letterkenny A C49 369 47.29 Brian Boyce SM Individual50 328 47.30 Christopher Lynch SM Individual51 373 47.32 Nancy McNamee W45 Finn Valley A C52 303 47.35 Brendan Boyce SM Letterkenny A C53 439 47.59 Niamh Mc Daid SW Letterkenny A C54 451 48.22 Cathal Roarty M45 Letterkenny A C55 259 48.29 Amanda McNulty SW Letterkenny A C56 371 48.33 Joe Coyle SM Individual57 372 49.41 Manus Boyce SM Individual58 365 50.05 Finn Begley W40 Individual59 324 50.27 Damien McBride SM Individual60 454 50.38 Siobhan Mc Hugh W40 Individual61 379 50.43 Debbie Huston W40 Individual62 289 51.26 Noel McGettigan SM United Health Care22 September Page 2 of 5 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club63 464 51.39 Caroline Mc Ateer W45 Individual64 446 52.00 Nigel Black SM Individual65 360 52.06 Trisha Nilty SW Milford A C66 343 53.25 Josephine Flanagan W40 Individual67 327 54.35 Claire Curly SW Individual68 338 54.43 Rosemary Mc Gee W40 Individual69 467 54.49 Mary Van Ruiven SW Individual70 351 54.57 Gerard McFadden M45 Individual71 345 55.02 Declan Friel SM Milford A C72 461 55.05 Declan Breslin M40 Individual73 376 55.24 Derek O Connor SM Individual74 270 55.38 Janette Mc Nulty SW Individual75 313 55.43 Tommy Naughton SM Individual76 339 55.46 Clodha Mc Gee JW Milford A C77 282 55.54 Agnes Ryan SW Milford Couch210k78 447 55.58 Sinead Black SW Individual79 315 55.59 Brida Friel SW Individual80 378 56.32 Liz Gallagher Walker Individual81 431 56.35 Andrew Stewart SM Individual82 269 56.36 Sharon Molloy SW Individual83 281 56.38 Cheryl Towns W40 Milford Couch210k84 279 57.15 Leona Cullen SW Milford Couch210k85 278 57.15 Orla Cullen SW Milford Couch210k86 346 57.16 Patrice McBride Walker Individual87 285 57.17 Gerard McGettigan SM Milford Couch210k88 318 57.19 Rachel McMahon Walker Individual89 362 57.36 Liam McLoughlin SM Individual90 273 57.43 Rosaleen Ford W40 Milford Couch210k91 309 58.11 Nesssa McBride SW Milford A C92 280 58.23 Eileen Gibbons SW Milford Couch210k93 337 58.24 Annette Morgan SW Milford A C94 311 58.34 Sharon Cannon SW Individual22 September Page 3 of 5 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club95 437 58.36 Orla Mc Bride SW Individual96 355 58.50 Lorna O’Donnell W40 Individual97 342 58.53 Mary T Gallagher SW Individual98 310 59.28 Lucinda Nash SW Individual99 353 59.35 Yvonne Mc Glynn SW Individual100 272 60.17 Mary Doherty W40 Milford Couch210k101 312 60.23 Margaaret Eastwood SW Individual102 267 61.18 A M Hannigan SW Milford A C103 457 61.18 Grace Friel W45 Milford A C104 466 61.57 Yvonne O’ Donnell SW Individual105 438 61.57 Ann Doherty W60 Individual106 276 61.58 Lynn Ramsey SW Milford Couch210k107 323 62.09 Sandra Cullen M45 Individual108 350 62.28 Noelle Blaney SW Individual109 290 62.36 Peter Branigan SM United Health Care110 322 62.46 Nancy Gallagher SW Individual111 352 63.25 Martin McAteer M40 Individual112 340 64.05 Josephine Burke W50 Milford A C113 456 64.14 Una Mc Cotter SW Individual114 326 64.48 Brigid Friel W40 Individual115 349 65.25 Trisha Blaney SW Individual116 367 65.41 Annetta Donnelly SW Individual117 462 65.47 Linda Harkin SW Individual118 463 65.54 Kieranna Mc Cormick SW Individual119 444 66.22 Michael Douglas SM Individual120 275 67.59 Mary O’Donnell W55 Milford Couch210k121 283 68.42 Lisa Hiemstra SW Milford Couch210k122 277 68.42 Bernie Haughy SW Milford Couch210k123 354 70.49 Valerie McElwaine SW Milford A C124 274 70.49 Josie Gallagher W40 Milford Couch210k125 271 70.50 Bernie O’Donnell W40 Milford A C126 445 71.14 Will Douglas Walker Individual22 September Page 4 of 5 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club127 344 73.03 Marie McGroary SW Milford A C128 292 76.06 Mary Feeney SW Unattached129 434 82.32 Freya Rambsey Walker Individual130 433 82.32 Orla O’ Donnell Walker Individual131 359 84.15 Claire Kildea Walker Individual132 358 84.15 Aisling Mehan Walker Individual133 305 84.15 Marie Meehan Walker Individual134 306 84.15 Sally Gallagher Walker Individual135 460 84.50 Rose Coyle Walker Individual136 459 84.50 Peggy Gallagher Walker Individual137 316 88.59 John McCallum Walker Individual138 366 88.59 Pat Connors Walker Individual139 441 93.20 Caroline Mc Groddy Walker Individual140 440 93.21 Jacquilne Mc Groddy Walker Individual141 317 94.38 Katie McCallum Walker Individual142 377 96.12 Amanda McCoy Walker Individual143 319 96.13 Roger McMahon Walker Individual144 308 96.30 Mary Durning Walker Individual145 380 96.30 Jullie Mc Devitt Walker Individual146 325 97.40 Sunie Connors W45 Individual147 320 97.41 Kathleen McBride Walker Individual148 314 97.42 Ann Lee Walker Individual149 321 97.43 Tommy McBride Walker IndividualTotal Runners: 14922 September Page 5 of 5ATHLETICS: RESULTS OF THE MILFORD 10K was last 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