November 20, 2012

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- USA Water Polo has made Jovan Vavic the interim national team head coach.

CEO Christopher Ramsey made the announcement Tuesday that Vavic would take over, while still handling his regular duties as head coach at Southern California. The plan is for Vavic to lead the team through qualification for next summer's world championships in Barcelona, Spain, then the position will be revaluated.

The American men finished a disappointing eighth at the London Olympics in August, closing play with five straight losses after going into the Olympics with hopes of gold after winning silver in Beijing.

Vavic has led the Trojans to 10 NCAA water polo championships, including four consecutive men's titles. A ten-time national coach of the year, Vavic has compiled a career .859 winning percentage coaching the USC men.

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