May 31, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Wolf Wigo, UC Santa Barbara's men's water polo head coach, was named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's 15th Anniversary First Team it was announced recently by the conference. The anniversary teams honor current and former players from the conference and were selected by a vote of MPSF men's water polo head coaches. The MPSF will be celebrating its 15th year of competition in 2007-08.
Wigo, a four-time All-American at Stanford, helped lead the Cardinal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1993 and 1994 and was picked as NCAA Player of the Year following his senior campaign. In addition to an impressive collegiate career, the New York City native established himself as on of the world's top water polo players in his 12 years as a member of the United States National Team. Wigo competed in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and was a three-time recipient of USA Water Polo's Male Athlete of the Year award.
Joining Wigo on the MPSF 15th Anniversary First Team are fellow Cardinal Tony Azevedo (2001-04) and Jeremy Laster (1992-95) in addition to Sean Kern (UCLA, 1997-2000), Troy Barnhart (Cal, 1990-93), Juraj Zatovic (USC, 2002-05), Brandon Brooks (UCLA, 1999-2002) and Ryan Bailey (UC Irvine, 1994-98).
This fall will mark Wigo's third season with the Gauchos. During the 2006 campaign, Wigo led UCSB to an overall record of 21-14, marking the first season since 1990 that UCSB finished with 20 or more wins. In the final Collegiate Water Polo Association National Coaches Poll, the Gauchos were ranked sixth in the nation, the team's best ranking since the 1994 season when it also finished sixth. UCSB also completed the MPSF season with a fifth place regular season as well as tournament finish in the nation's most competitive water polo conference.