Spartans Join New Men's Water Polo Conference

Bruce Watson returns for his second season as the head coach of the men's water polo program.
Jan. 21, 2016

Aliso Viejo, Calif. --- The San Jose State University men's water polo program is one of six moving to the Golden Coast Conference beginning with the 2016 season. Commissioner Mike Daniels made the announcement.

"San José State is excited about the new conference, it's a very competitive conference with good schools and teams. We're excited that some of the conference games will be played under the light on Friday nights," said San Jose State men's water polo head coach Bruce Watson. "We're looking forward to the conference tournament and the opportunity for the champions to get an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. It's good for water polo and for San Jose State."

Long Beach State, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and University of the Pacific are joining the Spartans in the move to the new men's water polo conference. All were Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) members when San Jose State reinstated the sport for the 2015 season. The Spartans are one of five Golden Coast Conference teams to finish either first or second in the history of the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship.

"We are thrilled to begin this new endeavor," said Steve Potts, Director of Athletics at Pepperdine University and chair of the conference's Men's Division. "We look forward to the further development of the Golden Coast Conference and making a positive impact in the sport of water polo."

The conference will feature a five-match round-robin league schedule on Friday nights leading to the inaugural conference tournament hosted by the University of the Pacific.

The Golden Coast Conference initially was formed as a women's water polo conference in 2013 with seven California-based members.

"Expanding the footprint of the Golden Coast Conference into men's water polo adds value to the conference brand," said Commissioner Daniels. "The GCC continues to strive to be one of the top conferences in both women's and men's water polo."