About the Program

About the Program

The Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Water Polo team has been playing on the varsity level for over 40 years and is a member of the highly-competitive SCIAC conference.

The team trains at Haldeman Pool, a beautiful 50-meter Olympic-size facility. The season starts in late August, and goes until the WWPA Championships in November. The Sagehens play over 30 matches a year against teams from Division I, II, and III institutions, often taking on the top programs in the country, such as UCLA, USC and Stanford.

Every year, the Sagehens also co-host the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament (formerly called the Claremont Convegence), the largest NCAA Water Polo tournament in the country with 20 or more schools competing every year. The tournament was renamed in memory of long-time head coach Gary Troyer, who passed away in 2012.

Head Coach Alex Rodriguez began his tenure of the Pomona-Pitzer Water Polo program in 2006, taking over an already successful program, and has guided the Sagehens to several SCIAC championships. He led Pomona-Pitzer to a 2011 SCIAC title and a No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division III.

In 2012, the Sagehens shared the SCIAC title after a perfect 8-0 regular season and a runner-up finish in the tournament. Pomona-Pitzer went on to have a strong showing in the WWPA Championships as well, falling just 14-12 to Loyola Marymount, and then ending the season with wins over CMS and No. 19 Santa Clara.

Over the years the Sagehens have seen many All-Americans come through the program, in addition to a good number of Scholar-Athlete award winners from both the WWPA and the AWPCA. Most recently, Jason Cox PI '13 was named the Division III Player of the Year by the AWPCA for the 2012 season.