USA Water Polo honored USC men’s and women’s head coach Jovan Vavic with the Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Men’s Coaching Award on Monday. The award, annually given at the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Induction and National Awards Dinner, honored Vavic for his contributions to the USA Water Polo program. A native of the former Yugoslavia, Vavic took over head coaching duties for the USA Men’s Senior National Team last year on an interim basis, helping the team qualify for the 2013 FINA World Championships.The skipper · In 19 years at USC, Jovan Vavic has won 13 national titles and 12 National Coach of the Year Awards. Last fall, Vavic claimed a record sixth consecutive national championship with the men’s squad. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanVavic has been remarkably successful in his 19-year tenure at USC. In that timespan, he won a combined 13 national titles and 12 National Coach of the Year awards with the men’s and women’s programs. He has led the men’s team to a record six consecutive national championships in the past six seasons, a record the Trojans will put to the test once again next fall. Last week, Vavic’s women’s team lost for the first time in 28 games, a streak dating back to the team’s 2013 National Championship season.Recently USC water polo has been a family affair for Vavic — he has coached both his son Nikola and his daughter Monica to great individual success. Nikola, who won four consecutive national championships with the Trojans from 2010-2013, was a four-time All-American and two-time National Player of the Year. He also became the school’s all-time leading scorer as a senior.Monica, a junior on the women’s team, has already become one of the best players in program history. She is a two-time first team All-American, and was named the MPSF Player of the Year last season. Her 57 goals so far in 2014 are currently tops for the Women of Troy.Though he graduated from crosstown rival UCLA, the elder Vavic will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest Trojans of all time. Next year will be his 20th year coaching the men’s squad — in the last 19 years, the team has finished outside the top three in the country just five times. Since 1996, when the USC women’s team entered Division I play, the Women of Troy have finished outside the top three only seven times. Jovan and Monica are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host No. 11 Loyola Marymount at the Uytengsu Aquatic Center.
Blockbuster! Victoria Racing books Taylor Swift for Melbourne Cup Day September 12, 2019 This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Andy Jarrett, Twelve40 CEO.Continue reading to discover why Melbourne conjures up both good and bad memories memories and which Quentin Tarantino classic is a particular favourite, amongst much more.Best HolidayI’m very lucky to have visited some amazing places, but if I had to pick one I’d say the Maldives. It was technically my honeymoon, but we had such a great time, that I’d rank it as my best holiday too! The best part was diving with whale sharks (just don’t tell the wife!)I also love the Strawberry Hill Resort in Jamaica, which is nestled in the blue mountains overlooking Kingston. It’s a great mountaintop getaway and the food and drink are second to none.Best Album I’ve listened to plenty over the years, and it really depends on my mood, but the one that sticks out is Oasis’ (What’s the story) Morning Glory. I loved listening to it when I was younger and I still enjoy it now, it’s a fantastic album by a timeless band. Though nowadays, with streaming services being so prevalent, I do tend to stream a lot of my music through playlists.Best Sporting ExperienceThey say it’s the race that stops a nation and it certainly didn’t disappoint! I was very fortunate to go to the Melbourne Cup a few years ago and I was blown away by the whole event. Not only is it top quality horse racing, but the atmosphere was absolutely incredible and you feel very immersed in the whole extravaganza. I really would recommend it to any sports fan, it’s an event that you must go and be a part of.Best FilmOf the classics, Pulp Fiction is one of my favourite movies. I’m also a big fan of a newer film called The Business which stars Danny Dyer, believe it or not. It’s got some great 80s music too, though I’m not sure about the outfits! I watched Runner Runner recently which was another film which I enjoyed. Justin Timberlake really underlined his acting credentials, and it’s very relevant to the gambling industry which certainly helps.Best Book I’d have to say How I Became Putin’s No 1 Enemy by Bill Browder. It’s based on a true story, and it’s thrilling from cover to cover. I really struggled when it came to putting the book down. It’s is a gripping read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to pick up an enjoyable new book. Best Bet The worst bet I’ve made was when I was at the Melbourne Cup. I’m not the most knowledgeable when it comes to betting on the horses, but my friend, who is an avid racing fan, told me to bet on the first three races and suggested also putting them in a trifecta. Having no idea what one of those was, I ignored him, he bet on my trifecta and unsurprisingly he won a lot more than I did! It’s the last time I’ll ignore him when it comes to betting. 6 of the Best: SEM Global’s Philip Canavan August 1, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles OpenSports hits 35,000 bets per minute high for Melbourne Cup November 14, 2019 Share