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
|5||Nicholas O'Hara (Captain)||Senior|
|1||Ethan Page (Captain)||Senior|
|7||Andrew Thompson (Captain)||Junior|
Michael KoziolHead Coach
Mike Koziol begins his 11th season as the head boys water polo coach at Germantown Academy in 2023.
The team finished with a 14-10 overall mark, and a 4-3 record against Inter-Academic Athletic League opponents in 2022. Three student-athletes were named to the All-League Team.
During the 2021 season, the Patriots went 11-13 overall and 3-5 in Inter-Ac League play. GA had two student athletes named to the All-League Team for 2021.
In a shortened season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Patriots went 1-5 overall (all Inter-Ac League opponents).
The 2019 Patriots went 9-11 overall and 3-3 in league play.
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.
Brian GradyAssistant Coach
I Love GA because…
"It provides me with the opportunity to keep play an integral part of the education of students and for the opportunity to work every day with my PE team."
Alex PaparellaAssistant Coach
Peggy BradleyPart-Time Assistant Coach
Allison RaderPart-Time Assistant Coach
Finn LillisVolunteer 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