Wolf Wigo
Wolf Wigo
Title: Director of Water Polo
Phone: 893-3704
Email: Wolf.Wigo@athletics.ucsb.edu

In June of 2008, Wolf Wigo was named UC Santa Barbara's Directorof Water Polo and assumed the reigns of the women's water poloprogram in addition to his men's coaching duties.

As a three-time Olympian and former captain of the USA WaterPolo Men's National Team, Wolf Wigo is well-versed in the Olympicmotto of Citus, Altus, Fortus: Faster, Higher, Stronger.

Now entering his eighth year as the head coach of the UC SantaBarbara men's water polo program, Wigo continues to instill thesesame principles in the Gauchos: faster in the pool, higher in thenational rankings and stronger overall as UCSB takes on the bestteams in the country.

In his seven seasons at the helm of the men's program, Wigo hasled the Gauchos to a 111-96 (.536) overall record and his playershave earned 10 All-American distinctions and 14 All-MountainPacific Sports Federation honors. Under Wigo’s tutelage MilosGolic, a 2010 UCSB graduate, became the first Gaucho to garnerAll-American First Team distinction in over 20 years and is justthe fourth four-time All-American in UCSB Athleticshistory. Golic also set a new school record for career goals,after tallying 272, which surpassed Larry Mouchawar's previousrecord (244), which was set in 1983. 

Since taking over the program in 2005, Wigo has led UCSB to fourwinning seasons and has ended the last six seasons ranked in thetop-10 nationally. In four of the last six years, the Gauchos haveended the year ranked sixth in the nation.

In 2006, just his second season with the program, Wigo led theGauchos to a 21-14 overall record, marking the team’s first20+ win season since 1990. In 2008, he led UCSB to a 17-11 overallrecord and a 4-4 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.The 11 losses marked the fewest by the program since 1985 and thefour conference wins were the most since 1993.

During the 2009 women's season, his first at the helm, Wigoguided the Gauchos to a 17-12 record - an 11-win turnaround fromthe previous season and the program's best record since 2005. UCSBtook second at the inaugural Big West Conference Championships. Heled the team to an 18-12 record in 2010 and a 16-13 mark in 2011,marking the first time in program history that the team has postedthree-consecutive winning seasons. Wigo compiled a three-yearrecord of 51-37 (.580) with the women's team, coaching 10 All-BigWest players and two All-Americans.

Prior to coming to UCSB, Wigo spent two years as head coach andadministrator of the Saddleback El Toro Water Polo Club in OrangeCounty, Calif. Under his direction, the program grew from 20members to over 160 in 10 different age groups ranging from five to60 years old. Wigo oversaw all aspects of the organizationincluding fundraising, scheduling and supervision of sevenassistant coaches.

Wigo also served many of the same functions as the director ofUltimate Water Polo's "Tools of Champions" clinics, a position heheld since 1999. Wigo also conceived, produced and appeared innumerous water polo instructional videos.

In addition, Wigo gained four years of experience outside thepool as an equity option trader with Cole Rossler CapitalManagement, working on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange from1997-2001.

While Wigo was working to further his coaching and businessaspirations, he concurrently established himself as one of theworld's premiere water polo players as an 11-year member of TeamUSA. In 1993, Wigo joined the nation's elite squad and in 1996 hebecame the first player hailing from east of the Rockies to makethe US Olympic water polo team since 1956. Wigo competed in the1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

After scoring a team-leading 16 goals during the 2000 games inSydney, Wigo was named to the five-player All-World First Team byNBC Sports and USA Water Polo, making him a finalist for WorldWater Polo Player of the Year. He completed his tenure with thenational squad in 2004 by serving as Team USA's captain in Athens.Selected as USA Water Polo's Male Athlete of the Year in 1999, 2000and 2003, Wigo also helped the Americans win gold at the 1997 FINAWorld Championships.

Wigo's collegiate career at Stanford University was nearly asdistinguished. He earned All-American honors four-straight yearsand led the Cardinal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1993 and 1994.As a senior captain, Wigo was named Stanford's Outstanding MaleSenior Athlete and NCAA Player of the Year. In 2007, Wigo was namedto the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's 15th Anniversary FirstTeam.

After earning his B.A. in political science from Stanford in1995, Wigo spent the next two seasons as a graduate assistant coachon "The Farm" under the legendary Dante Dettamanti. He returned tohelp the Cardinal as a full-time assistant in 2001 when Stanfordcaptured another NCAA Championship.

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