Varsity Boys Water Polo
The best part of coaching at GA is the connections that the athletic community creates. These connections are numerous. Coaches and student-athletes work together to help achieve more than they ever thought possible. Student-athletes come together and achieve more because they know they are representing their teammates, fellow students, and teachers. Coaches work together in the hopes of success across the board in athletics. The student body and teachers come out to cheer and support their fellow classmates and colleagues on game day. Athletics at GA provide a truly amazing opportunity for the community to come together.
- Mike Koziol, Head Coach
|1||Henry Grady||Goalie/Utility (#13)||12|
|17||William Martin||Utility/Goalie (1B)||10|
|1A||Justin Stokes||Goalie/Utility (#18)||11|
Michael KoziolHead Coach
Mike Koziol finished his fifth season as the head boys water polo coach at Germantown Academy in 2017.
The Patriots compiled a 17-8-1 record in 2017. During the year, GA finished third at Easterns, their best finish since 2004. GA also defeated Penn Charter on GA-PC Day for back-to-back years for the first time since 2004-05. Three members of Koziol's 2017 team were selected as First Team All-Inter-Ac performers.
Koziol is an alumnus of Wissahickon High School where he was a key contributor to the most successful water polo class in school history, making the state tournament all four years, including a fourth place finish his senior year. He also swam while at Wissahickon.
After graduating from Wissahickon, Koziol attended DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. While at DePaul, he coached a swim team and founded the water polo program at the High Ridge YMCA. Under Koziol's guidance, the water polo program tripled in size in three years and he coached the first player from a Chicago YMCA to be selected to the USA Water Polo Olympic Development program.
(Updated on 11/28/17)
Paige NearyVarsity Assistant Coach
The Patriots play and practice in the Edward Lavino Natatorium. It is located below the Big Gym and sits across from the Field House.
The GA swimming pool is a heated, six-lane, 25-meter indoor pool. Starting blocks line the deep end that includes a rope swing and two different height diving boards. The pool also has an electronic timing system and a learn-to-swim platform. Male and female changing rooms are available. There is spectator seating for about 150 in the gallery area above the pool deck. Restrooms can be accessed on the pool deck floor. There is an area to set up ticket sales near the spectator entrance, as well as a small concession stand.
Germantown Academy Pool
- 6 Lanes
- Rectangle, 75 x 45'
- 21-meter Diving Board (12 feet water)
- Turn Ends, 4'
- Fitness Room and Equipment
- 5 Pull-up Bars
- Plyometric Blocks
- 9 Vasa Incline Boards
- 9 Spin Bikes
- 4 East German Incline Boards
- 3 Stepping Machines
- 4 Erg Machines
- Recompense Bike
Brian Bartle '19, Walker Butler '20, and Finn Lillis '18 were selected to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo All-Star game between the Prep All-Stars and the Pennsylvania Public School All-Stars.
The 2017 Fall sports are finished, but it is time to recognize the student-athletes who performed at a high level during the season.
Boys water polo ended the season on a very high note, overpowering rival Penn Charter on the morning of Nov. 11. The Patriots tied a season high in scoring and defeated the Quakers, 19-3.
The Germantown Academy boys water polo team was active during the weekend, taking part in the Easterns Tournament at Episcopal Academy. After two days of competing against eight other teams, the Patriots came away with a third place finish.
Germantown Academy now knows the route it must navigate in order to reach the championship game of the Eastern's Tournament. The Patriots will play in the first game of the tournament, facing off against Gonzaga Prep on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Patriots dropped their Oct. 31 contest against The Haverford School, 16-9. The loss gives GA a split of the season series with the Fords.
Senior Finn Lillis '18 had five goals, but it was not enough to get the Patriots over the hump against Malvern Prep on Friday, as the Friars pulled out a 11-9 victory.
Justin Stokes '19 ,Walker Butler '20, Brian Bartle '19, and Finn Lillis '18 all led the Patriots to victory on Wednesday afternoon.
The Patriots defeated Episcopal Academy for the fourth consecutive time on Friday thanks to a third quarter rally where Germantown Academy's defense forced numerous turnovers. GA was trailing 4-3 at the break, but stepped up defensively in the second half to beat the host Churchmen, 12-7.
The Patriots continued their winning ways at home, overpowering visiting Lawrenceville School, 19-10.
Germantown Academy downed league rival Penn Charter last night, 18-7.
The Patriots fared well against two solid teams at the 2017 Waterpolooza tournament.
After being tied at 15 at the end of regulation, Germantown Academy outscored Haverford, 2-1, in overtime.
The Patriots squandered a number of man-up opportunities in their loss to Inter-Ac League foe Malvern Prep.
GA goalie Justin Stokes '19 posted a career-high 19 saves.
The Patriots opened up Inter-Ac League play on Tuesday where they grinded out a 10-5 victory over host Episcopal Academy.
The Patriots put on another dominating performance against host Pennington School on Tuesday. Germantown Academy easily won, 15-4.
The Patriots thoroughly dominated The Landon School in their Beast of The East consolation game on Saturday at Governor Mifflin Senior High School.
The Patriots lost to western Pennsylvania powerhouse North Allegheny, 12-11, in their opening match of Flight II play.
Facing off against perennial PIAA powerhouse Cathedral Prep of Erie, Pennsylvania, the Patriots fought valiantly before falling to the Ramblers, 14-8, in Friday night's Beast of the East showdown at Muhlenberg High School.
The Patriots took down Muhlenberg High School, 15-6, on Friday at Muhlenberg High School in their opening match of the 2017 Beast of the East tournament.
The Patriots cruised past visiting Friends' Central School, 15-1, in Thursday's non-league match at the Edwin Lavino Natatorium. GA goalie Justin Stokes '19 posted a career-high 19 saves.
The Patriots flattened host Friends' Central School, 19-5, in Tuesday's non-league action.
The Patriots rocked the visiting Gray Bees on Friday afternoon.
The Patriots coughed the ball up 19 times in their loss to Loyola Blakefield School at the Philmore Cup.
McDonogh School edged Germantown Academy, 11-10, in overtime on Saturday at the Philmore Cup.
Finn Lillis '18 and Walker Butler '20 scored five goals apiece.
The Germantown Academy Department of Athletics is pleased to provide the following information for the FALL 2017 preseason Upper School sports (this includes ANYONE who wants to participate in Upper School sports at any level). Student-athletes can bring lunch or bring money to buy/order lunch. Please contact the coach if you have any questions. Fall 2017 schedules will be updated this summer.