June 22, 2009

Santa Clara Men's Water Polo Inks Eight for Class of 2013

June 22, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara water polo head coach Keith Wilbur revealed his 2009 recruiting class this week as he announced the signing of eight student-athletes. The eight freshmen will attend Santa Clara University in the fall of 2009.

"We are extremely excited about our recruiting class," said Wilbur. "This class has a combination of excellent speed, a solid goalie, and interior strength. I am sure that they will make a great impact here at Santa Clara."

The class also adds to the Men's water polo team is a left-handed attacker, something the Broncos did not have in 2008. "Having a lefty on our team will give us an element that we missed last season," says junior 2M Stephen Hobbs. "Now we can open up both sides of the pool and our offense will be more efficient."

The combination of veteran leadership and fresh talent gives the Broncos great confidence for this upcoming season.

Mark Allison
Driver
Punahou, Hawaii (Punahou HS)
Allison joins the Broncos from Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii ... played varsity water polo for coach Ken Smith ... Santa Clara coach Keith Wilbur describes Allison as: "a good driver who also has good speed." ... Mark's older brother, Grant Allison, played at Santa Clara and graduated in 2006.

Drew Dugoni
Driver
Fremont, Calif. (Bellarmine College Prep.)
Dugoni joins the Broncos from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, Calif. ... played varsity water polo for coach Larry Rogers ... "He's a good driver," says Wilbur, "he's a hard worker with good speed."

Jimmy Moore
Driver
Pasadena, Calif. (Loyola HS)
Moore joins the Broncos from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Calif. ... played varsity water polo for coach Erik Healy ... older brothers Peter and Charlie played at Santa Clara ... Coach Wilbur says, "He's a solid driver and its exciting for him to add to the family legacy."

John Nash
Goalie
Orinda, Calif. (Miramonte HS)
Nash joins the Broncos form Miramonte High School in Orinda, Calif. ... played varsity water polo for coach James Lathrop ... named second team All-DFAL in 2008 ... Wilbur describes Nash as a: "solid goalie from one of the top three high school teams in the country the last two years."

Theo Nasser
Utility
San Mateo, Calif. (Aragon HS)
Nasser joins the Broncos from Aragon High School in San Mateo, Calif. ... played varsity water polo for coach Arjuna Manning-Laisne ... "Theo is a strong utility player," says Wilbur. "He is talented and hard working."

Jack Penner
Left-Handed Driver
Los Gatos, Calif. (Los Gatos HS)
Penner joins the Broncos from Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, Calif. ... played varsity for coach Don Appleton ... named team MVP in 2008 ... named second team All-CCS in 2008 ... "Jack is a lefty with a good shot who makes good decisions with the ball," says Coach Wilbur.

John Radvanyi
Driver
Santa Cruz, Calif. (West Valley College)
Radvanyi joins the Broncos from West Valley Community College in Saratoga, Calif. ... played for coach Bruce Watson ... Coach Wilbur describes Radvanyi as a: "tough driver with speed and good decision making skills" ... West Valley is the top JC in Northern Calif. ... his older sister, Katie Radvanyi played at Santa Clara and graduated in 2007.

Patrick Weiss
Utility
Danville, Calif. (San Ramon Valley HS)
Weiss joins the Broncos from San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Calif. ... played varsity for coach Corey Dolley ... named first team All-NCS in 2008 ... also wrestled in high school ... "Patrick is a good all around player," says Coach Wilbur. "He is very strong in the water."