Head Coach: Miras Jelic
12/14 U Coach
Coach Miras first experience playing water polo was when he was nine years old for a local club in Subotica, Serbia. In the 90s, at age 18, he was playing professionally for Spartak Subotica, a Division I Serbian Water Polo League team. His team played in the LEN Cup, an international European competition allowing him to play against the best teams in the world including teams from Hungary, Croatia, Montenegro and Italy. His time in Serbia exposed him to some of the best coaches and taught him what it takes to be a water polo player. After he finished his professional career he received a degree from The Sports Academy in Serbia focused in Coaching. During this time, he continued to coach at Spartak Subotica and enjoyed working with youth. Moving to the United States in 2008, he obtained his degree in Marketing and worked at SwimRVA as a program coordinator in Richmond, VA. He established and coached the first ever Swim RVA Water Polo team, Richmond's only youth water polo program. His exposure and experience playing with an elite group of athletes has given him a unique insight on what it takes to be a strong contender within the water polo arena.
Assistant Head Coach: Petar Solomun
16/18 U Coach
Coach Petar's extensive experience in water polo started with the Red Star Water Polo Club, from 1997-2010, where he secured Gold at the U17 Serbia and Montenegro Championships and played on the Senior Team in the elite First Serbian Division for 4 years. He then joined the Second French Division at Cercle de Nageurs de la Marne de Charenton from 2010-2015. Petar also studied in the USA for one year, at El Toro HS in California, earning the titles of CIF All League First Team & All CIF Division 1 Second Team & All American.
Petar has coached the U17 & U15 Boys teams at his club in France, garnering multiple regional championship titles during his 4 year tenure. He also served as an assistant coach, tactical coach and anyalytic scout at the elite international competitive level on multiple Serbian National Teams during his summers:
His degree in Sports Marketing permitted him to work as a logistics and venue manager for major sports events in Serbia.
Volunteer Coach: Alan Jenkins
Coach Alan was first introduced to water polo in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which is also where he began his twelve-year competitive swimming career. He started competitive water polo with Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, PA, where he played for four years and was team captain his senior year. He joined the George Washington University water polo (NCAA – Mid Atlantic Conference) varsity team his sophomore year as a walk-on, where he specialized in the 2-meter position, both offense and defense. Alan is an information technology engineer with United Healthcare, and continues to play water polo through the Arlington County drop-in water polo program.