The 2018 signing class has 10 newcomers with an array of accomplishments.
This year's total of Spartan award winners equals 2015 and 2016 combined.
The Spartans ended a three-match losing streak with a solid second-half defensive effort.
Keyed by its defense, San Jose State has its best day of the season.
Carla Toha Vilanova, Tessa Draper and McKenna Yates scored for the first time this season in the win.
The new San José State head coach has head coaching experience at the high school and club levels. As the Mountain View (Calif.) High School head coach, his teams compiled a 73-38 win-loss record, won the 2012 De Anza League championship, advanced to the Central Coast Section championship’s semifinal rounds in 2012 and 2014 and quarterfinal rounds in 2011 and 2013. In club competition, Sarusi was the head coach of the Trojan Water Polo Club of Los Angeles in 2007 and the West Valley Water Polo Club of Saratoga, Calif., boys and masters teams in 2011.
“First, I am very thankful to Gene Bleymaier for the trust he has in me. I’m very excited. The goal is to have as good a program as possible,” says Sarusi, who takes over a program that was 11th nationally in the final 2016 coaches’ poll with an 18-15 win-loss record and sixth-place finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings.
“Water polo IQ,” being coachable, passion for the sport and being a good student so one can succeed at the Division I level are four of the characteristics he is seeking from future Spartans."
The native of Csongrad, Hungary becomes the third head coach in the program’s history following the late Lou Tully (1997-2013) and Johnny Bega (2014-16). He was a star player since his early teens and 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. He completed 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 final 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 2009 USC graduate was a Dean’s List student majoring in economics. Sarusi was named to the Associate 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.
“We are delighted Gabor is taking over our nationally-ranked women’s water polo program. In his one season with our men’s program, he demonstrated a keen knowledge of the sport, passion and compassion for his players and understood the importance of the total student-athlete experience. We look forward to Gabor bringing these traits to our women’s program,” said Bleymaier.
Following graduation, he accepted an assistant coaching position 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 the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F) Division I State Championship.
He and his wife, LauraMae, are the parents of a newborn daughter AnnaBelle.