Season Preview: Men's Water Polo Embarks With New Coach

Junior Luka Babic (above) will co-captain the 2010 squad along with senior Brett Voith (Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot)

The 2010 Harvard men’s water polo team has some new looks, including a new head coach and six newcomers to the roster. The Crimson will mix old with new this fall while working to improve upon a fifth-place finish at the Northern Division Championships last season, which was one slot better than 2008.

The Crimson welcomes new head coach Ted Minnis, as well as two goalkeepers, a center, an attacker, a defender and a utility player, to the team. All six newcomers hail from west of the Mississippi River with Minnis and three players coming from California and the other three representing Hawaii, Missouri and Oregon. Harvard graduated four players from last year’s squad that finished the season 7-16 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

Seniors Bret Voith and junior Luka Babic lead a team that returns 12 players from last year’s squad. Voith was honored on the All-Northern Division first team and was tabbed to the Northern Division honor roll along with junior Mike Katzer in 2009. Sophomore Max Eliot earned Northern Division Rookie of the Week honors three times during the 2009 campaign.