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.
He is also Varsity Coach at Landon School.
Assistant Head 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, where he was coached by a hall of fame member Don Stoll, 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.
He is currently Head Coach for Walt Whitman High School.
Coach: Pierce Deamer
A South Pasadena native, Pierce Deamer began his water polo career in the eighth grade. He played for Rose Bowl Water Polo Club, as well as for South Pasadena High School. Playing under the now UC Davis Head Coach, Dan Leyson, and UCLA Assistant Coach, Jason Falitz; Pierce earned a scholarship to play at The George Washington University.
As a D-1 Athlete, he was a three-time captain who helped guide GW's transformation from an inconsistent program to a perennial powerhouse. He tallied 200 goals, 73 assists, and 223 ejections drawn, earning numerous honors for his performances. His GW career culminated with a MAWPC Conference Championship and NCAA Final 8 berth.
He is also working as a Junior Varsity Head Coach at Walt Whitman High School
Coach: Haley Cox
Coach Haley is our resident 12U and goalie coach, whose water polo experience started in 2004 in El Segundo, California. She started playing with South Bay United Water Polo Club and the El Segundo High School Water Polo teams, also playing a season with Trojan Water Polo Club. In her high school career, she broke several school records, earned a CIF Championship in 2007, and captained the team in 2009.
Haley was recruited to play NCAA Division I for Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, from 2009-2013. She was the starting goalie for 2012 and 2013, earning several CWPA Defensive Player of the Week awards, ACWPC All-Academic Superior recognition for 2011-2013, and the M. Beal Banks Award in Excellence and Dedication in 2013. Haley graduated in 2013 with Magna Cum Laude, and is now attending Johns Hopkins University for her masters in Public and Nonprofit Management while she works as a conference planner for AIAA in Reston, VA. She has been a goalie since the first week of her career, and has loved every moment of it.
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.