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Damir Matanovic

Tiger Water Polo’s new Head Coach is Damir Matanovic: Coach Matanovic – or Coach Mata – as he is affectionately known.  Coach Mata has spent his entire professional life focused on one thing and one thing only: being a top-level water polo coach. He studied under some of the best coaches the sport has to offer while coming up through water polo school in Montenegro. Coach Mata has coached within professional club programs for most of his career, including time with Primorac-Kotor in his hometown and in the professional women’s league in China. When he was not coaching professionally overseas, he was here in America – about 10 years ago – as the first full time coach of Tiger Water Polo. During his two years here, he coached the North Allegheny Boys and Girls teams and our youth club program. His track record of player development while here was remarkable and most of you had the opportunity to witness this first hand during his recent 7 months stay here in Pittsburgh. Coach Mata has a truly special affection for Pittsburgh and an even greater appreciation for the Tiger Water Polo club and its families. Outside of his hometown of Kotor in Montenegro, Pittsburgh and Tiger Water Polo are where he and his wife, Marijana, feel most at home.

 

Brian Janssen
Brian began playing water polo in 1993 in 8th grade. He went on to play at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, CA and Grove City College. A varsity swimmer at both the High School and Collegiate levels Brian enjoys all types of aquatic sports.In addition to coaching water polo Brian is currently the pastor of Heritage Presbyterian Church in Franklin Park, PA.
Jim Staresinic
Coach Jim has been with the Tiger Water Polo Club for 7 years. During this time he has largely worked with the club’s youngest age groups and has been instrumental in developing and running our non-member youth development programs. Coach Jim has coached at local, zone and national levels including two assistant coaching roles at the US National Junior Olympic competitions. One of the teams he helped coach took 8th place in the nation. Jim has also coached for four years in the USA Water Polo Olympic Development program for the Northeast Zone – all with the 8th Grade and Under Boys teams. For the last three years, his teams have won the East/West Regional Championships in the ODP program and, in 2013, Jim was ODP Co-Coach of the Year for the 8th Grade and Under Boys. Jim is married to wife, Susan and has two boys – Evan and Max – who both have played in the Tiger Water Polo youth program.
Adrienne Fyock
Adrienne joined the coaching staff of North Allegheny Tiger water polo in 2006. She began her water polo career in Houston, Texas, as a member of state champion teams in high school and then continued on to be a 4 year starter and co-captain at Bucknell University, earning All-Conference honors. Since college, Adrienne has helped coach several high school state champion teams in TX and PA and has worked with the Southwest and Northeast zone teams.  She is also the University of Pittsburgh women’s water polo coach. Adrienne lives in McCandless with her husband Drew, and their three children – Mason, Marley, and Lincoln. She is thrilled that Tiger Water Polo offers the opportunity for her children to be a part of the next generation of water polo through the Noodle Ball and Youth program. 

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