Each month a player or coach from a US National Men's
Team and a playeror coach from a US National Women's Team will give the
water polo community some tips on how to play a particular position or a
fundamental skill. In turn WPP will post a photograph and concise biography
to help the water polo community get to know the players and coaches.
the Attacker Position by Brett Ormsby
1) Watch older and more experienced players and try to learn
from them. Try to emulate what you see. This is one of
the best ways to improve.
2) Try new things. Do not be content with the fact
that you have one shot that works really well for you. Experiment
with new shots in practice and this will expand your options come game-time.
3) Concentrate on being a good teammate. Always work
to improve your individual skills, but also keep in mind that waterpolo
is a team sport and make sure you are always doing what you can to help
your team win.
4) Always work to improve your strength and conditioning.
Waterpolo is one of the most physically demanding sports in the
world, and it is virtually impossible to succeed if you are out of shape.
5) Try to master at least one aspect of the game. It is important
to be a well-rounded waterpolo player, but, at the same time if you can
perfect one aspect of the game (i.e. shooting, guarding two-meters, perimeter
defense, etc.) it will make you a much better player.
6) Most importantly, stay positive. There will always be
times where you feel like you are not playing as well as you should and
it will be hard not to become discouraged. However, during these
times it is important to stay positive, continue to work hard, and know
that things will get better.
International/Club: Is one of Team USA’s rising
stars…Is a deadly perimeter shooter...Scored in all but one game
at the 2003 Pan American Games to help the USA qualify for the Athens
Olympics...Had one goal in the gold-medal game against Brazil and a pair
of four-goal performances during the first round...Scored three goals
at the 2003 World Championships, including one in a 9-8 loss to Spain
for sixth place …Scored three goals at the 2003 U.S. Cup.
College: Named to the 2003 All-MPSF Team with UCLA…Is
a finalist for the 2003 Peter J. Cutino Award…Netted 72 goals in
2003 to capture 1st Team All-American honors…Led the Bruins with
58 goals in 2002…With an outstanding freshman year at UCLA, he
earned 2nd Team All-American and 1st Team All-MPSF honors…Led his
team in scoring with 43 goals in 2001, the first freshman to lead the
team since Sean Kern in 1997…First UCLA player to earn two Conference
Player of the Week awards in one season…Scored four goals in his
first collegiate game against UC Irvine.
High School: Was Player of the Year his senior year
at Valhalla High in San Diego...Earned the 2000-01 CIF Male Scholar-Athlete
of the Year Award…Scored 201 goals his senior season for a career
total of 449, both CIF and San Diego records…2000 1st Team High
School All-American and CIF-San Diego…Led Valhalla to 1999 CIF
Division I title, earning 3rd Team All-American recognition with 136 goals
on the season…Named 1st Team All-league and All-CIF three times.
(Biography written by Kelly Foster and photograph by Kirby Lee)
former USC and USA National Team member, Bernice Orwig spent two years
as the assistant coach for the UC Berkeley women’s team (2004-05).
Orwig has been involved in coaching water polo since 1994 and was the
starting goalkeeper on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal
in Sydney, Australia. For the 2005 season, Orwig served as the assistant
coach for the Women’s National Team and helped them to a silver
medal at the 2005 FINA World Championships. The 2006 season will be her
first season as the team leader for the Women’s National Team.
In January 2005, Orwig was an assistant coach with the United States
Junior National Team that won a gold medal at the 2005 Junior World Championships
in Perth, Australia. Prior to coaching at Cal and assisting with the Junior
National Team, Orwig served as an assistant coach for Drury-Pinto at the
University of Michigan from 2000-02. In 1999-2000, Orwig was an assistant
coach at her ala mater, USC, and from 1995-98 she was the head girl's
and assistant boy's coach at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, Calif.
During the 1994-95 season, Orwig was an assistant boy's water polo coach
at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana.
As an athlete, Orwig was a star goalie at USC, earning second team All-America
honors as a sophomore and junior. During her senior year, Orwig helped
lead USC to the 1999 NCAA title, earning first team All-America honors.
She graduated from USC in 1999 with a degree in social science education.
As a member of the USA National Team from 1998-2003, Orwig also helped
the USA Women to a silver medal at the 1999 Pan-American Games and an
appearance at the 2001 FINA World Championships
(Biography written by Kelly Foster photograph by Joan Gould)