Sarusi becomes the program's third head coach in its 20-year history.
In his seven seasons at the high school level, four as a head coach and three as an assistant, his teams amassed a 153-50 win-loss record, won four league championships, and a 2009 state title.
Sarusi comes to San Jose State after four seasons as the head coach of Mountain View (Calif.) High School. His varsity teams compiled a 73-38 win-loss record, won the 2012 De Anza League championship, advanced to Central Coast Section Championship's semifinal rounds in 2012 and 2014 and quarterfinal rounds in 2011 and 2013.
His first high school coaching position was an assistant coach at Loyola High in Los Angeles during the 2008 through 2010 seasons. Loyola's varsity teams had an 80-12 win-loss record, won three Mission League championships and captured the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) Division I State Championship.
Sarusi's first American club coaching experience was in 2007 as the head coach of the Trojan Water Polo Club of Los Angeles. He joined the West Valley Water Polo Club of Saratoga, Calif., as a head coach of boys and masters teams in 2011.
The native of Csongrad, Hungary was a star player since his early teens. He played in his country's Division I Men's League starting at age 14.
Sarusi came to the United States in 2005 and became a California Community College All-American player at West Valley College for San Jose State men's coach Bruce Watson before completing his college career at the University of Southern California (USC).
With Sarusi, the Trojans reached the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship matches. In 2007, he was an honorable mention All-American, a second-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree and a NCAA Championship all-tournament team selection.
The economics major with a business minor was a Dean's List student. Sarusi was named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-American Academic Team in 2006 and received the Trojans' Marks Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award of Honor in 2008.
He continued his playing career as a member of the New York Athletic Club's (NYAC) 2008 U.S. Open national championship team and remains a member of the club's Alumni squad.
The 2009 USC graduate and his wife, LauraMae, reside in Sunnyvale.