Olympian Merrill Moses named Pepperdine water polo co-head coach

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Merrill Moses

Merrill Moses, a two-time Olympian and former All-American water polo player at Pepperdine, has joined the Waves water polo coaching staff as interim co-head coach. He helped lead Pepperdine to the 1997 NCAA championship and helped the U.S. earn a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics.

Moses has been playing professional water polo for more than a decade and will now try his hand at coaching for the first time.

“The most exciting part about this is coming back to my alma mater, and to be a part of trying to bring another national championship to Pepperdine,” Moses said. “I get the chance to work with ‘Willo’ Rodriguez and to try to get this year’s team to where it needs to be to compete for a championship, and then I get the chance to work for years to come with coach Schroeder.”

Moses joins fellow alum William Rodriguez as interim co-head coach for the rest of the 2012 season. In January 2013, former Pepperdine head coach Terry Schroeder will return to run the team. He coached the Waves for 20 seasons, from 1986 to 2005, and has coached the USA men’s water polo team for the past two Olympics.