Ryan Brown Named USA Water Polo Men’s Junior National Team Head Coach

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, February 13. RYAN Brown, a veteran Assistant Coach with the Men's Senior National Team, has been named Head Coach of the USA Men's Junior National Team. Brown will take over the Junior Team effective immediately while also maintaining his post as an assistant coach with the Senior National Team. Brown replaces longtime coach Doug Peabody in an effort to fully streamline the Men's National Team pipeline within the coaching staffs.

"I am very excited about being named as the Head Coach of the Junior National Team," said Brown. "This is a great opportunity for me and the pipeline of the Men's Program. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and the great potential that the Junior Team has."

Brown takes over the Junior National Team as the National Team programs move towards one unified group of coaches spanning the Senior, Junior, and Youth programs.

"I believe that having one of the National Team assistants run the Junior program is a great way for us to keep consistency in our program. I believe that by doing this we will keep the kids involved with the National Team at a higher level and they will be more aware of the expectations of the National team," added Senior Team Head Coach Terry Schroeder.

The changeover in coaches brings an end to the tenure of Doug Peabody who led the Junior National Team since 2004 and guided the squad to three Junior World Championships. "Doug Peabody has been our Junior team coach for many years and during this time his commitment to the program has been unwavering. He has worked hard with this younger group to prepare those kids for the next level and many of those Juniors are now a part of our Senior National team program. He deserves a lot of credit for what he has done with the Junior program," said Schroeder.

"As we are continuing to restructure our National Team pipeline, Doug will remain an important part in the future development of our athletes," added Guy Baker, Director of ODP.

Brown has been an Assistant Coach with the Men's Senior National Team since 2006. From 2002-2005 he served as the Head Coach of the Women's Team at the University of the Pacific. Brown is 2000 alum of the University of the Pacific where he was an All-American as a goalkeeper.

The USA Water Polo Men's Junior National Team is compromised of the top talent in the United States aged 20 and under. The team trains and competes annually, both domestically and internationally including participation in the FINA Men's Junior World Championships held every two years.

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