Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland Water Polo

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Head Coach: Leslie Entwistle In 1978, Leslie Entwistle earned an invitation to try out for the first-ever Women’s National Team in Anaheim, California in 1978. She competed at the 1978 World Aquatic Games in West Berlin, Germany. She garnered two more selections to the National Team to compete at the first-ever 1979 World Cup in Fresno, California and the 1981 World Cup in Sydney, Australia. Since then, Entwistle has devoted her time, energy and experience to coaching programs around the country at all age levels. Most recently, she coached the youth teams at the Naval Academy Aquatic Club and has earned multiple Top 8 awards at National Championships, Junior Olympics and Speedo Cup and USA Water Polo’s Olympic Development Program. In addition, many of her young players have continued playing after graduation and are on Division I varsity programs around the country.  

 

Head Assistant Coach: Miras Jelic 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 Coach: Jonah Dowd Jonah graduated from The George Washington University in May of 2016. While at GW he played for the Division 1 Men's Water Polo team for four years. While on the team GW achieved it's first national ranking and peaked at number 17 in the nation during his junior year. He was two time CWPA player of the week, once in his sophomore year and senior year. Before college he played for Claremont High School and Foothill Club Water Polo both located in Claremont, California. After finishing his 11th year of playing competitive water polo he looks forward to joining the Narwhal Nation and  building a competitive program. 

 

Volunteer Coach: Alan Jenkins 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.  

 

Volunteer Dryland Conditioning and Leadership Coach:  Jonathan Sabado Jon was born and raised in southern California, is an Eagle Scout and was a law enforcement police explorer.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in General Engineering and received a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.   Jon is an active duty Marine with over 16 years of military service and is currently assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps at the Pentagon.  He is committed to taking an active role in training and developing future leaders by focusing on foundational life-long skills that transcend across the athletic field to any professional career. Jon is completing his Master Trainer Certification, which includes a certification in Youth Fitness and Strength & Conditioning, through the International Sports Sciences Association.  

 

Volunteer Dryland Conditioning and Leadership Coach:  Sean Walker