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Water polo icon Terry Schroeder (‘82) will return to Pepperdine as its head men’s water polo coach in the 2013 season. Schroeder, who was previously in charge of the program for 20 years and led the Waves to the 1997 NCAA championship, served as head coach of the USA men’s water polo team at the 2012 London Olympics. Schroeder will serve in a volunteer coaching capacity at Pepperdine this fall and will officially begin his duties as head coach on January 1, 2013.

In addition, Merrill Moses (‘99), a two- time Olympian and former All-American water polo player at Pepperdine, has joined the Waves’ staff as the interim co-head coach. Moses, a goalkeeper who helped lead Pepperdine to the 1997 NCAA championship and the United States to a Silver Medal at the 2008 Olympics, has been playing both professionally and with the U.S. squad for more than a decade before now turning his attention to coaching.

“The most exciting part about this is coming back to my alma mater, and to be a part of trying to bring another national championship to Pepperdine,” Moses said.

William Rodriguez (’03), another alumnus who rejoined the staff this season, will be the other interim co-head coach for the rest of the 2012 season.

“Our water polo program will be in excellent hands for a long time with the coaching staff we have assembled,” says Steve Potts, director of athletics. “These are men who love Pepperdine and believe in its mission, and who helped the water polo program to achieve so much of its success in past years.”