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Aquatics standout Dunn to lead MC water polo

February 15, 2013

Joe Florio / The Courier - Josh Dunn will become MC's head water polo coach in the fall.

Many Monmouth College students leave Monmouth after they walk across the stage on graduation day. For senior Josh Dunn, who helped capture a national title for the water polo team, it was an easy choice to prolong his stay in Monmouth as the first water polo head coach in Monmouth College history.

“I’m extremely honored to be selected as the first coach in the history of the program,” said Dunn. “Monmouth has produced highly competitive club teams in the past, and we expect to continue that tradition of excellence on the varsity level.”

Dunn was also a standout on the swimming team, capturing five conference championships in three different events, including stringing together a repeat title in the 200 individual medley in 2011 and 2012.

Head coach of the swimming and diving team, Alex de la Pena has worked with Dunn when he was a swimmer and currently as Dunn serves as his assistant coach. De la Pena sees the Dunn hire as natural.

“Josh possesses a strong water polo background and is very knowledgeable in the sport,” said de la Pena. “He is also a very competitive person and has a relentless work ethic to make himself and those around him better.”

Dunn becomes one of just a few DIII water polo coaches in the country and will take his team into uncharted waters against DI opponents like Princeton and the U.S. Naval Academy. The team will be a part of the Collegiate Water Polo Association since no other Midwest Conference school has a water polo team.

Dunn and de la Pena look to be very in sync, taking the approach that all aquatics sports should work together. De la Pena will oversee the water polo team that Dunn coaches, while Dunn will assist on the swimming and diving team that de la Pena coaches.

“Both polo and swimming need to work together to create a strong aquatics program,” de la Pena said. “Other institutions across the country separate polo from swimming. That did not make sense to us, because we believe that both sports can have a positive effect on each other.”

The men’s water polo team will begin official varsity play in September. The women will take to the water in March of 2014. It won’t be just another day at the pool, it will be Monmouth College history.

Cameron Line
Contributing Writer

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