April 2017


Zayd Mahmoud Named to USA Water Polo Development National Team


April 6, 2017

Huntington Beach, CA - April 6 - Following the completion of the USA Water Polo ODP Men's National Team Selection Camps, rosters have been announced for the Youth, Cadet, and Developmental squads. Out of the athletes selected for each of these teams, competition rosters will be determined for any upcoming events in 2017. Congratulations to all the athletes selected. 

2017 Men's Development National Team
Head Coach - Drew Clute
Assistant Coach - Clarke Weatherspoon
Assistant Coach - Ian Davidson
Team Manager - Bryson Walker


First Name

Last Name







Los Angeles Premier

Coastal California 




Rose Bowl Water Polo Club

Coastal California 




Rose Bowl Water Polo Club

Coastal California 




P.V. Water Polo Club

Coastal California 




Los Angeles Water Polo Club

Coastal California 




Foothill Club

Coastal California 




Shore Aquatics

Coastal California 



Center Defender

Pride Water Polo Academy

Coastal California 




Hawaiian Islands Water Polo





Greenwich Aquatics

Northeast Zone




Chelsea Piers Water Polo

Northeast Zone




La Jolla Water Polo Club

Pacific Southwest Zone




Coronado Aquatics Club

Pacific Southwest Zone




DACA Water Polo

Pacific Zone




CC United

Pacific Zone



Center Defender

680 Water Polo

Pacific Zone




Stanford Water Polo Foundation

Pacific Zone


Congratulations Zayd!!



January 2017


DACA Water Polo 18U Winter Gauntlet Champions!


Congratulations to DACA Water Polo, the 18 & Under Winter Gauntlet Champions! Go DACA!



DACA Water Polo Named USA Water Polo S & R Sport November Club of the Month


Congratulations to DACA Water Polo, who was named USA Water Polo's S & R Sport November Club of the Month! Way to Go DACA!



March 2016


4 DACA Water Polo Players Selected for Pacific Zone ODP!


4 players from DACA’s 14 under program were selected to the Pacific Zone ODP team this Winter!  Connor Long, Manato Yamamoto, Justin Wood and Zayd Mahmoud all played in the National ODP tournament!  This tournament brings the best players from around the country to compete in a large high level tournament held in Riverside California.  At this tournament a small number of players are selected to continue training with the National coaches at the National Training Selection Camp.  This year two DACA players were selected to continue training at the NTSC.  Congratulations to Connor Long and Justin Wood! They will head down south to Huntington beach at the end of the month  to battle against the best players in their age group from around the country!


Way to go guys and good luck!



DACA Strong at First Annual South Bay Winter Gauntlet Tournament!


The first ever South Bay Winter gauntlet water polo tournament took place over 3 weekends at several high schools this Winter.   Several teams from around the Bay Area competed to be the top club in the South Bay!  Out of the 3 age group divisions, DACA took first in the 14 under and 18 under divisions! DACA’s 16 under team took 2nd in a close championship game! Congratulations to all 3 DACA teams for a great showing at the first ever South Bay Area Winter Gauntlet!!


November 2015


DACA Water Polo's Minhee Chung Selected for the National Training Selection Camp!


Congratulations to the DACA Water Polo Players who captured the CCS title with Bellarmine Prep! Way to Go DACA! Pictured - Phillip Wang, Kevin Ho, Andrew Self, Aaron White


March 2014


DACA Water Polo's Minhee Chung Selected for the National Training Selection Camp!


Congratulations to DACAs Minhee Chung for being selected to the National Training Selection Camp!


Minhee Started playing water polo for DACA at the young age of 9.  She fell in love with the sport and focused on becoming a better player.


Minhee competed in the Regional tournament last weekend playing with the 14 under girls as an 11 year old.


She was selected out of hundreds of girls to train with USA women’s national coaches.  She will now train and tryout for a spot on the Cadet National team. 


Good luck Minhee!

Keep up the hard work.




DACA Age Group Water Polo Players Compete at Regional ODP Tournament!


This past weekend several DACA 14 under boys were selected to play at the Olympic Development Regional tournament.  Corey Tanis, Conner Deal, Alex Zeren, Sunkyo Chung and Chase Zamborelli were selected from DACAs 14 under program. 


This tournament consists of the best 14 under players in California and Hawaii.  The competition was intense with hundreds of players competing at several different pools in the Orange county area. 


The finals were held at UC Irvine where the Pacific zone A team played in the championship game against the Southern Pacific zone. The Pacific zone fought hard but lost to SOPAC. 


Corey Tanis was on the second place team and was a key player in getting our zone to the finals. 


Conner Deal started for Pacific zone white team only losing one game the whole tournament!


Chase Zamborelli was the starting goalie for the Pacific zone blue team and was the youngest goalie at the tournament!


Alex Zeren and Sunkyo Chung also played for the white team contributing to a 12th place finish at the tournament out of 16 teams.


Way to go guys! You represented your club and USA water polo at the highest level.




December 2013


DACA Water Polo Age Group Graduates Update!


The high school water polo season is over and DACA age group graduates made huge contributions to their high school teams. 


Tony Casaccia Started the year on Varsity at Los Gatos high school and continued as a starter till the end of the season.  As a freshman his contributions to his team were displayed at both ends of the pool contributing goals and stellar defense. He will be a key player on his team next year.  Congratulations Tony! 


Aaron White and Phillip Wang both moved up to Varsity their freshmen year at Bellarmine college prep.  Both players played on Bellarmine’s CCS winning team and are CCS champions!  Amazing!


Nick Martinez and Alex Nemechek played on Bellarmine’s freshmen team and went undefeated in league play.  Great job guys! 


Kenny Tang was moved up to Varsity as a freshman at Mountain View high school for his stellar play as a goalie.  He will be a central figure on next year’s Mountain View team.  Good Job Kenny! 


Nicolas Butelet was a starter as a freshman on the Varsity team at Willow Glen high school.  He played a key role on his team and will be even more crucial next year.  Way to go Nicolas! 


Andrew Koustoumbardis moved up to Varsity as a freshman at the end of his season and will be playing left lane attacker for Valley Christian next year.  He led his JV team in goals scored! Keep up the good work Andrew. 


Spencer Springsteel and Pranav Madanahalli both moved up to Varsity at the end of their freshmen year at Monta Vista.  They will be big contributors on Monta Vista’s team next year as sophomores. 


To make Varsity as freshmen is a great accomplishment! Leading your freshmen and Junior Varsity teams during the season shows the level of dedication and love of the game you all share. It speaks to the hard work you all put in at DACA over the years.  Congratulations to all the DACA graduates and keep up the good work.



September 2013


Congratulations to the DACA Age Group Water Polo Graduates!!


DACAs Age Group program graduated a skilled set of water polo players to their new High School teams this year.  2 DACA players, Tony Casaccia and Nicolas Butlet, made Varsity their freshman year and are everyday starters.  Phillip Wang and Aaron White made the Junior Varsity team at the very competitive Bellarmine College prep their Freshman year as starters.  Alex Nemechek and Nicolas Martinez both play for the Bellarmine Freshman team only being defeated once so far this year. Spencer Springsteel, Pranav Madanahalli and Yoav Shmariahu have lead their Monta Vista Junior Varsity team to a perfect season so far dominating the competition along with goalie standout Scott Mogenson. Andrew Koustoumbardis made his Junior Varsity team at Valley Christian skipping the Freshman team because of his outstanding play.  Andrew practices with the Varsity team and leads his JV team in goals.


Congratulations to all DACA water polo players who entered high school this year.
Way to represent your club!


August 2013


DACA Sends 2 Teams to the Junior Olympic Tournament!


DACA qualified two teams this year for the Junior Olympics.  DACA 14 under A team qualified yet again for the Championship division placing them against the toughest teams in the nation.  DACA also qualified its 14 under B team for the Classic division which was a first for this team and the club.  The A team dropped 8 places from last year going from 39th to 31st.  In their first game DACA 14 A almost upset Rose Bowl, a top contender down south, losing by 1 goal in the final minute of the game.  The boys took some tough losses which came in the form of a shootout and two 1 goal games that could have gone either way.  Along with the nail bitters, DACA 14 under boys also had some excellent victories.  Beating Chelsea Piers by 2 and Finishing the tournament with a dominating performance against Rain City.  The boys were one game away from finishing in medal contention and took 7th place in the gold division.  Great Job DACA 14 under A team!


For the first time DACA sent two 14 under teams to the Junior Olympics.  Led by coach Cyrus and Kevin the 14 under B team gained valuable experience playing against some stiff competition down in Irvine.  A mix of 12 under and 14 under players were introduced to the best teams in the country.  More than half of this team will be back next year for another go at this tournament.  See you in the fall!


Congratulations to both teams for their hard work and dedication to the sport of water polo! Way to Go DACA!


July 2013


DACA Water Polo's 14U Boys Take Title at Santa Cruz Classic!


DACA 14 under boys’ water polo team took first place in the Santa Cruz Classic July 20th.  The boys dominated the competition going undefeated with outstanding team work.  The boys only allowed nine goals in three games against them and scored over 40 goals total during the tournament.  The performance was a step up from last year where they took second.  Congratulations! Check Out the Champs Photo Here!


On Sunday July 21st DACA 14 under boys entered into the 16 under West Valley tournament winning all 3 games.  The 14 under A and B team will travel down to Irvine on Friday to compete in the Junior Olympics.  Good luck boys.


April 2013


DACA Water Polo 14U Finish 11th at California State Finals!


Congratulations to DACA's 14 under water polo team, who finished 11th at the California State finals last weekend.  The boys played great getting better each game of the tournament.  Despite fighting through sickness and injuries, the team pulled together to defeat Sacramento and Stanford B to place 11th in the state.  Way to Go DACA!!



March 2013


DACA Water Polo's Phillip Wang Named to National Team Select Camp Roster!


Congratulations to Phillip Wang for making the (NTSC) National Team Selection Camp.  Phillip will compete against 70 of the nation’s top 14 under players for a chance to make the National Travel Team.  Phillip competed in the Regional Championship tournament last weekend and was selected as one of the Nation’s top performing 14 under players.  Good luck Phillip!


December 2012


6 DACA Water Polo Players & Coach Ben Vierra Attend Holiday Camp at the Olympic Training Center!


6 boys from DACA's 14 under Water Polo team were selected to go to the Holiday Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  Goalie Kenny Tang, and Field players Phillip Wang, Aaron White, Tony Casaccia, Nick Martinez and Alex Nemechek, went through 4 days of intense training developing new skills taught by the Olympic Development Program.  They played exceptionally well and were recognized by the Junior National coaches as some of the best 14 under players in the country.  The skills they bring back will benefit the entire program and make the 14 under team that much more competitive! Congratulations to the players and to Coach Ben on their selection!!





February 2012


DACA Water Polo 14 & Under Team Strong at West Valley & Pacific League Tournaments


The DACA 14 & Under Water Polo Team played two torunaments this past weekend (January 28-29). On Saturday, January 28th, the DACA 14's went undefeated in the West Valley Tournament, capturing first place. Fraham Schmelzer and Ohsun Kwon played excellent defense, keeping the opposiing team off balance and reventing the 2 meter players from scoring. Aaron White scored multiple golas in each game to keep DACA in the lead throughout the tournament. In the Championship game, West Valley could not keep up with the DACA counterattack or crack the staunch DACA defense. DACA took a commanding lead by half and never let up.


The DACA 14 & Under team finished up their winter tournament series in the Pacific Leauge on Sunday, January 29th. The first game was against the SHARKS, a team DACA had lost to twice before. The boys came out strong with a new defense, which the SHARKS could not figure out. The DACA boys had an impressive game, following the lead of offensive power house Mason Lee and stellar goaltending by Abhinav Patel, beating the SHARKS 13-6. DACA's second game was against Larmoinda B, which DACA beat easily because of a great performance at 2 meter by Phillip Wang. DACA's last game was against Satnford's 14 & Under team. Although they lost the game, they played much better as a team and continue to do better each time against their Nor Cal rival.




August 2011

DACA Water Polo Teams Compete at the 2011 Junior Olympics!

The 2011 Water Polo Junior Olympics was a first for the 12&under DACA age group program this year. The competition was intense, giving many of our members firsthand experience in an elite level of play, and taking on teams such as San Diego Shores. Highlights of the team would be the outside shooting of Tony Cassacia, the 2 meter defense of Corey Tanis, the 2 meter offense of David Mckenna, and the outstanding goalkeeping of Kenneth Tang.

The 16 and 18 and under teams made an appearance worth noting as well. The 16 and under team took 13th overall in their division, led by the coaching of Mike Hendrickson, while the 18 and under team took the 2nd place spot in their division.