In his fourth season in charge, UC San Diego women’s water polo head coach Brad Kreutzkamp was named the 2013 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Coach of the Year after leading the Tritons to the 2013 WWPA title the weekend of Apr. 26-28, and a trip to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Kreutzkamp directed the Tritons to one of the best seasons in school history at 26-15 overall and as high as No. 12 in the national polls. The Coach of the Year honor is voted on by the league’s eight coaches following the annual championships.
Entering his fourth season as head coach at UCSD, the program’s schedule featured 21 games against nationally-ranked NCAA Division I programs. The Tritons finished with an 8-13 record, proving that they are a team to watch for. UCSD was featured in the CWPA Top 20 poll all 16 weeks this season, beginning at No. 20 in the preseason poll and most recently reaching No. 12 in the 2013 final poll.
In 2012, Kreutzkamp led the Tritons to their most wins since 2003 in his third season as head coach of the UCSD women’s water polo program. In his three seasons at the helm, Kreutzkamp has led UCSD to a Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship, an appearance at the NCAA Championships and three consecutive appearances in the WWPA title game. The Tritons are 82-68 (.634) overall during his tenure and his teams have won 18 or more games in each of those seasons.
In 2012, the Tritons went 21-14 overall and narrowly missed their second straight trip to the NCAA Championships. UCSD was 8-2 in WWPA play and earned the No. 2 seed for the conference championship but fell by a goal to Loyola Marymount in the WWPA title game. UCSD won 10 of its final 13 contests.
Kreutzkamp guided the Tritons to an 18-20 overall record in 2011, leading the Tritons to their first WWPA title since 2000 and the school’s first appearance at the NCAA Championships in program history. UCSD defeated No. 8 LMU, 13-11, to earn its first conference title in more than 10 years. The Tritons went 1-2 at the NCAA Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., taking down No. 20 Iona, 15-9, in the seventh-place match.
Kreutzkamp guided the Tritons to an 18-19 overall record in his first season as coach in 2010, finishing fourth in the conference at the end of the regular season after posting a 10-3 mark in WWPA competition. UCSD would advance to its first WWPA championship match since 2004 after beating Sonoma State and Colorado State in the first two rounds of the conference tournament. However, the squad would fall to No. 8 Loyola Marymount, 13-10, in the championship. Four players earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) accolades while two Tritons were named All-Americans in 2010.
Kreutzkamp was named the head coach of the women’s water polo team in September 2009, taking over for former coach Larry Sanders, who retired in June 2009 after 10 years of service to the program. Kreutzkamp has also served as associate head coach with the UCSD men’s water polo team for the past five years.
Kreutzkamp came to UCSD as an assistant coach with the women’s team in 1999 before joining longtime head coach Denny Harper on the men’s staff the following season. He served as an assistant under Harper until 2006, when he was promoted to associate head coach.
The Triton men went 194-106 (.646) during Kreutzkamp’s tenure, winning WWPA Championships in 2000, 2002 and 2006. In his first year with the program, Kreutzkamp helped guide UCSD to a 9-8 victory over USC in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals, as the Tritons became the first non-Division I program to play for a national championship.
Prior to his arrival on the La Jolla campus, Kreutzkamp was the head coach of both the boys and girls varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99 and held both positions at Patrick Henry High School for two seasons prior to that. While at Patrick Henry, he led the girls squad to the inaugural San Diego CIF Division I championship in 1995 and was named both the Girls Eastern League and CIF D-I “Coach of the Year”. He also served as the head girls coach with the highly-successful Sunset Water Polo Club, winning a pair of silver medals at the 18-U Junior Olympics.