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Men's Water Polo - Tue, Dec. 6, 2016

LOS ANGELES - Wrapping up his 24th season as Head Coach of the Pepperdine men's water polo program, Dr. Terry Schroeder continues to find ways to help guide his teams to championships. Schroeder, who led the Waves to a thrilling inaugural Golden Coast Conference Tournament champsionship, has been named the league's inaugural season Coach of the Year.

As voted on by the league's six coaches, Schroeder earned the GCC's first coaching award. The Waves knocked off top-seed UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals and then defeated host and number-two seed Pacific in the title game, 6-5. It is his fourth overall coach of the year award, earning it in three different conferences.

One of the most iconic figures in the history of American water polo, Dr. Terry Schroeder returned to Pepperdine in 2013 for his second stint as the head coach of the Waves' program. 

In his first 20-year term (1986-2005) as Pepperdine's head coach, Schroeder was one of the top collegiate water polo coaches in the nation. After coaching an unheralded USA squad to the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and again leading the Americans at the 2012 Games, he earned the right to be known as one of the best coaches in the world.

He was also one of the best players the sport has ever seen, as he served as the U.S. team captain for a decade and helped the Americans to a pair of silver medals.

The Waves have enjoyed tremendous success under Schroeder. Pepperdine earned eight NCAA Championships berths and claimed the program's first-ever national championship in 1997.

The 1997 squad went 25-3 (.893) and posted the best winning percentage in school history. The campaign ended with an 8-7 overtime win over local rival USC in the NCAA title game, held at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatics Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Not only was Schroeder the 1997 National Coach of the Year, he also earned Mountain Pacific Coach of the Year honors in 1997 and 1998 and was the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1989.

He also led the Waves to a third-place NCAA finish in 1991, fourth place in 1989 and fifth place in 1987, 1990 and 1992.

In the midst of a rebuilding project, Schroeder has led the Waves to back-to-back 11-win seasons these past two years. The Waves finished sixth at the MPSF Tournament in 2014.

Schroeder posted a record of 340-220 (.607) in his first 20 seasons as head coach, and is now 386-276 after going 15-12 this past season.