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
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Michael KoziolHead Coach
Mike Koziol capped off his sixth season as the head boys water polo coach at Germantown Academy in 2018.
Koziol guided the Patriots to a 22-9 overall record in 2018, a personal best result. The team finished second in the Inter-Ac and third at Easterns. GA had four athletes earn All-League honors.
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.
Paige NearyVarsity Assistant Coach
Paige Neary completed her second season as an Assistant Coach for the Patriots.
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
Although the 2018 Fall sports season has wrapped up, it is time for the student athletes who performed at a high level to be recognized.
The Germantown Academy 2004 Boys Water Polo Team was inducted into the GA Athletic Hall of Fame on November 8, 2018.
In 2018, the Quakers won the day 7.5-2.5 and reclaimed the coveted Competition Cup. However, the Patriots look forward to the challenge of winning it back next year.
On Nov. 10, history repeated itself as the Patriots once again defeated PC, 15-5.
While it was not the finish they were hoping for, the boys water polo team finished third for the second consecutive year at Easterns.
For just the second time this year, Germantown Academy dropped an Inter-Ac League match. Just like the first one they lost, it came at the hands of The Haverford School.
This season has proven to be monumental for the Germantown Academy boys water polo team.
Germantown Academy’s boys water polo team saw their most recent win streak snapped at three following a 13-6 road loss to The Hill School.
Germantown Academy's boys water polo team used a strong second quarter to power themselves over non-league foe Lawrenceville School on Oct. 17.
Fans of Germantown Academy boys water polo got a sneak peak of what might happen on GA-PC Day when the Patriots travelled to Inter-Ac League rival William Penn Charter on Oct. 16.