85 minutes | May 1st 2020

Episode 24 - Interview with Hall of Fame Coach Kirk Everist, Head Men's Water Polo Coach at the University of California

You can help support this podcast by making a donation via PayPal.If you’re a coach, join our slack channel! The conversations are great and we have some webinars as well!Buy Fredric Durand’s book Water Polo Legends: 50 Amazing StoriesThank you to everyone that has taken the time to leave a review, send me an email or send me a tweet. It has truly meant the world to me!Remember you can reach me on twitter @stevecarrera and on instagram @stevecarrera and you can email me stevegcarrera@gmail.com************************************************************************************************************************From the Cal Athletic Web siteProducing three NCAA titles (2006, 2007, 2016), two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation crowns (2002, 2006), 79 All-Americans and numerous academic honorees, Kirk Everist has proven to be the perfect individual to perpetuate the tradition of excellence that defines California water polo. In 18 seasons (383-118, .764) Everist has led the Golden Bears to the pinnacle of the sport on three occasions, most recently a stirring 11-8 overtime win over USC in 2016 to give his alma mater its NCAA-record 14th national title. Everist also directed the Bears to an 8-6 win over USC in the 2007 title game and a thrilling 7-6 last-second national championship victory over the Trojans in 2006.A three-time All-American, 1988 NCAA Player of the Year and two-time United States Olympian, Everist earned 2002 MPSF Coach of the Year honors in his inaugural season when he guided Cal to the MPSF Tournament title and a national runner-up finish. Then in 2004, he was inducted into both the Cal Athletic and the USA Water Polo Halls of Fame. In 2006, Everist was selected USA Water Polo’s Elite Co-Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to both the MPSF and NCAA titles. He also coached the United States’ World University Games team that competed in the summer of 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia, mentoring five Bears on the squad.On July 29, 2002 Everist returned to his alma mater and immediately led the Bears to a 20-7 mark and Cal’s first MPSF title and national runner-up finish since 1995. After guiding the Bears to the school’s first back-to-back NCAA trophies since the early ‘90s with wins in 2006 and 2007, Everist again guided the Bears to the top of the sport in 2016 when an overtime win over UCLA moved Cal into the national title match. There, Cal rallied from a late deficit to force overtime and the Bears took over in the extra periods to beat the Trojans. Finishing with a 23-4 record, Cal’s historic season earned Everist his second National Coach of the Year award (2006) from the ACWPC.With all of his team’s accomplishments in the pool, Everist has also fostered excellence in the classroom. In September, 2009 his team was awarded the 2008-09 Newmark Award for the most improved cumulative team GPA among all of the Cal 27 sports. The team earned that award again in the fall of 2018, this time from a group of 30 sports.Before his successful return to Berkeley, Everist had contributed to eight CIF North Coast championships as an assistant coach at Miramonte High School. During Everist’s 11-year tenure at Miramonte, the school also produced nine league titles and three third-place finishes in the California State Tournament. He helped develop 22 high school All-Americans, and three of his former players went on to earn NCAA All-American recognition, while two of his ex-pupils played on NCAA championship teams.In addition to his work at Miramonte, Everist served as water polo commissioner at San Francisco’s Olympic Club from 1999-2001, a period that produced a gold medal and two silver medals in FINA World Masters competition. Also, since 2000 he has been co-head coach for the Lamorinda water polo team, leading that club to the 2001, 2004 and 2005 USA Water Polo 20-Under national championships, and the 2002 Northern California Zone Junior Olympic title. In January of 2005, Everist added to his duties the position of treasurer of the College Water Polo Coaches Association.A 1990 Cal graduate, Everist propelled the Bears to national championships in 1987 and 1988 as a player. He earned NCAA All-American status from 1986-88 and was named the NCAA National Player of the Year in 1988. Everist went on to play for the United States National Team for nine years (1988-96) and was a member of the USA Olympic Team at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Games. He also competed on America’s gold medal winning water polo teams at the 1991 World University Games and 1995 Pan American Games.“Kirk has been an Olympian and an All-American, but I believe he is now a better coach than he was as a player,” said four-time NCAA Coach of the Year Pete Cutino, Everist’s former Cal mentor who passed away in September of 2004. “He is a very intense person who has always been a student of the game. Kirk is everything we would want in a coach.”Everist resides in Danville, Calif. with his wife Jen, daughter, Keira, stepdaughter, Haley, and two stepsons, RJ and Duke.EVERIST'S RECORD2002 - 20-7 !2003 - 20-82004 - 20-102005 - 21-72006 - 31-4 !^2007 - 28-4 ^2008 - 19-92009 - 22-62010 - 24-42011 - 22-42012 - 17-82013 - 18-82014 - 22-72015 - 24-72016 - 23-4 ^2017 - 20-42018 - 18-62019 - 14-11Total - 383-118 (.764)! - MPSF Champions^ - NCAA Champions
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