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Program Director: Leslie Entwistle

Leslie Entwistle earned All American at Collegiate Nationals, and subsequently, an invitation to try out for the first-ever USA Women’s National Team in 1978. She competed on the USA team at the 1978 World Aquatic Games in West Berlin, Germany. She garnered two more selections to the USA Women's National Team for the newly created World Cup Championships for Women, the inagural year in 1979 in Fresno, California, again in 1981 in Sydney, Australia.  Leslie Entwistle was inducted into the Collegiate Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2010 for her collegiate and national team career. 

Since then, Coach Entwistle has devoted her time, energy and experience to coaching youth and collegiate programs around the country. Most recently, she was the 14U + 12U coach for the Naval Academy Aquatic Club, where she earned multiple Top 8 awards at National Championships, Junior Olympics and Speedo Cup.  In her 5 years as the NEZ (Northeast Zone) USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program (ODP)  Coach, Leslie has earned the highest place as a coach of a non-California team by securing 3rd in 2016 Girls ODP National Championships with the Development Team (14U).  In addition, many of her young players have continued playing after graduation and are on collegiate teams in Division I, II and club programs around the country.

  • 2016 Third place at ODP National Championships for Girls NEZ Development Team (14 & under)
  • 2012 & 2013 First Place Boys NEZ Development Teams at the ODP East vs West Zone Championships (14 & Under)
  • 2010 USA Water Polo Development Coach of the Year for Northeast Zone (14 & Under)

  • 2016 USA Water Polo Development Coach of the Year for Northeast Zone (14 & under)

  • 2013 Awarded ODP East USA / West USA Development Boys Co-Coach of the Year  (14 & under)

 

Head Coach: Miras Jelic

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.

 

  

Senior Coach: Petar Solomun 

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.