UCSB Athletics' Statement on the Passing of Water Polo Player Nick Johnson

UCSB Athletics' Statement on the Passing of Water Polo Player Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson's memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Church located at 1535 Santa Barbara Street on Sunday April 6th beginning at 2:00. 

A memorial fund has been established in his name to benefit the UCSB Aquatics program for future years. To make a donation click here.

Statements regarding the passing of UC Santa Barbara men's water polo player Nick Johnson:

Mark Massari, UCSB Director of Intercollegiate Athletics:
"The campus and athletics family are saddened by the news today of the passing of Nick. Our thoughts are with his entire family, parents Karen and Augie, and everyone who knew and loved Nick. Right now we have set up counseling support with the campus for all our student-athletes and staff as we grieve."

Wolf Wigo, UCSB Water Polo Coach:
"Nick was the best kid, hardest working kid, a first class person and a wonderful student and brother to his teammates. I was lucky enough to be his first coach and along with everyone in the UCSB family and water polo community, I will miss him greatly."






The athletics department is working in conjunction with UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to provide individual and group crisis and grief counseling for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. Sport Psychology CAPS liaison, Cassie Pasquariello, PhD, is available and will be assisting in the coordination of services. Please contact her at cassandra.pasquariello@sa.ucsb.edu.

CAPS can facilitate individual counseling as well as group debriefings with teams. Psychologists will be available for crisis counseling as needed this week, next week and continuing in the Spring quarter.  Additionally, 24/7 phone counseling is available at 805.893.4411. The CAPS Grief Group meets weekly during the Spring quarter on Mondays at 4pm (SRB 2293).  Cassie Pasquariello, PhD, will also be in the ICA to meet or assist in providing a connection to additional resources.


General information about CAPS services is available online by clicking here.

Specific information on grief can be found by clicking here