The Men's Water Polo team has announced the addition of Ryan McMillen to their already solid coaching staff of Head Coach Wolf Wigo and Assistant Coach John Abdou. A UC Santa Barbara alumnus, McMillen looks to give the Gauchos an extra edge and help the team climb to the top in the nation.
"I am excited for the opportunity to work with both the men's and women's water polo programs at UCSB," McMillen said. "Having played both as a goalkeeper and field player, I feel as though I have a unique perspective and hope to pass that along to our teams."
With all of the experience and success that McMillen brings to the program, the excitement for Gauchos water polo is even greater. "While still actively one of the best players in the country as a player, he brings over 15 years of coaching experience as well as an engaging personality that all the student-athletes will connect with immediately," Wigo said.
McMillen's passion and enthusiasm is evident as he is embracing his new role for the water polo program of UCSB. "Coaching with Wolf Wigo and John Abdou feels like being on the dream team and I am excited to see what we can accomplish together."
This weekend's Nor Cal Tournament will be the first action the team will see since the hiring of McMillen.
To go along with the continuing success and growth of the aquatics program here at UCSB, the school is in the midst of adding the new and innovative Athletics Aquatics Center. The state-of-the-art Aquatics Center will present a new and impressive atmosphere for the players, coaches and spectators.
Campus Pool played host to many great memories and world-class athletes like the 1979 Men's Water Polo NCAA Championship team, the 1989 national champion Women's Water Polo team and four-time Olympic gold medalist Jason Lezak. Along with these accomplishments, the new aquatics project is aimed toward continuing this tradition of excellence, as it will elevate the prestige of Gaucho Athletics.
The new innovative pool will not only be a state-of-the-art experience, but it will also add to UCSB's campus-wide effort in being eco-friendly. With the new Aquatics Center, approximately 428,000 pounds of carbon dioxide will be saved per year by the new innovative equipment and technology. The new facility will also save one million pounds of water per year due to the up-to-date equipment.
The new project will also hold a capacity of 1,450 spectator seats. What is more impressive about the new center is its estimated total of one million visitors and competitors over the first 10-year period.
Facing top tier competition, it is time for a new world class venue. Already an institution that achieves high in academics, UCSB is on the mission to achieve tremendous success and recognition in athletics as well. The new Athletics Aquatics Center is key to this mission as it paves the way for the future of Gaucho athletics and its run for championships.
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