Stanford Water Polo Club receives national recognition


The Stanford Water Polo Club has been awarded the 2014 USA Water Polo's Men's Chairman's Cup award, given in recognition of an exemplary performance in national championships in men's divisions across multiple age groups.

"The award is a credit to all of our athletes and coaches, and the many hours they spent throughout the year training and preparing for competition," said WPC director John Barnea. "It also could not have been accomplished without the constant support from all of our parents, families and fans. We look forward to celebrating this great accomplishment with everyone at this summer's Club Day, scheduled for Sunday, May 31."

In addition, WPC coach Clarke Weatherspoon has been awarded the 2014 USA Water Polo Ted Newland Distinguished Men's Coaching Award.

Weatherspoon is being honored for his team's success, finishing no lower than third place in all major USWP competitions, and his role in the development in one of the most successful age-group programs in the county.

At the helm of Stanford's 14U boys' program, Weatherspoon has had a recent run of excellence. In the fall of 2013, he capped of a zone championship victory with a bronze medal at the TYR Champions Cup. With some success achieved, Weatherspoon, who guides not just the athletes competing in each game but some 60 athletes in the 14U program, focused on development in 2014.

In the Pacific Zone Winter League, Weatherspoon had his squad play up a division, which set the stage for a top-three finish in the Kap7 Tournament, a gold medal at the San Diego County Cup, and a bronze medal at the Junior Olympics. It all culminated with a gold medal at the 2014 TYR Champions Cup in Texas.

Outside of the pool, Weatherspoon is a dean and history teacher in San Francisco.

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