Apply for the Dave Perry College Scholarship today!

Starting in 2013, the IWP Board of Directors is proud to announce The Dave Perry Scholarship in honor of legendary Coach Dave Perry. Annually IWP will award money per student athlete per year, as determined by the Selection Committee in support of athletes attending College and playing water polo.
The program is intended to assist those aspiring boy and girl water polo athletes to pursue their dreams in College while honoring the long and storied legacy of Coach Perry.
For more information click here.

Dave Perry College Scholarship Awareness Week 3/18-3/24

his week, Illinois Water Polo and the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference are presenting the Dave Perry College Scholarship Awareness Week.

This is the only scholarship of its kind in Illinois.  Started in 2013, $18,000 has been given to twelve deserving students from ten different high schools who have attended ten different colleges or universities all around the United States.  If your team or parents are interested in making a donation, they can simply mail a check made out to Illinois Water Polo to:

Kyle Perry

505 Washington Blvd.

Oak Park, IL 60302

Previous winners:

2018 Award Winners:
Molly McGuire (Fenwick) – Indiana University
Jack Otto (Libertyville) – Bucknell University
2017 Award Winners:
Mason McQuet (New Trier) – University of California, Santa Barbara
Brett Hofer (Andrew) – Iona College
2016 Award Winners:
Claire Mueller (Mother McAuley) – St. Francis, Brooklyn
Allison Travetto (Stevenson) – Long Beach State University
2015 Award Winners:
Daniel Farmer (Fenwick) – Bucknell University
Caroline Wojtas (Palatine) – Virginia Military Institute
2014 Award Winners:
Zach Roper (Carl Sandburg) – Iona College
Tammy Stelnicki (St. Ignatius) – Arizona State University
2013 Award Winners:
Sarah Abbott (Mother McAuley) – Siena College
Taylor Bridgman (Naperville North) – Villanova University

IHSA Water Polo Season Starts Today!

Good luck to all the high school teams participating in the Illinois High School Association’s spring water polo season which starts today.


Competitions will begin on Monday, March 4, 2019.


The IHSA State Championship Tournament will be held at Stevenson High School on Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Two Daves Tournament a success!

Perry Korbakis and John Hinkle , Eddie Prysatski , Victor Rarau led over 30 new officials during the 2019 Two Daves Tournament which serves as a training tournament for IHSA water polo officials.

The final standings were:
Co-Champions: Windy City Water Polo and Apostles
3rd Team Chicago
4th Beached Whales
5th Harper College
6th Gators
7th Outlaws
8th Hippos
9th ChiPolo

Women’s Division:
1. Wildcats
2. Lindenwood
3. Windy City Water Polo (pictured above)

If you are interested in becoming an official, please contact Perry Korbakis at

2018 Illinois Water Polo Year in Review

2018 Illinois Water Polo Year in Review, compiled by Beto Garcia (Vice-President) and Kyle Perry (President)

USA Water Polo’s Yearly Awards:

Bill Barnett Distinguished Coaching Award – Tim Daniel, Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club

Brent Bolander Distinguished Coaching Award – Dough Eichstaedt, Lyons AC

Bryan Weaver Male Masters Athlete of the Year Award – Gerrit Adams, Windy City Water Polo

Jody Campbell Sportmanship Award: Uriel Galarza (Chicago Park District), Joe Jeness (Northern Illinois Polo Club)

Maureen O’Toole Sportsmanship Award: Kelsey Wessel (West Suburban), Susan Palmentera-Reid (Chicago Park District)


Illinois Water Polo Awards:

Phil Stelnicki Award – Bill Dolehide

The Mike Murphy Award – Rob Lindgren

Boys Coach of the Year – Bill Salentine, Naperville Central

Girls Coach of the Year – Jeff Wimer, Stevenson

Hall of Fame Inductee – Jeff Plackett, Ray Zeason, and John B. Murphy

Boys Player of the Year – Victor Perez, Lyons Township

Girls Player of the Year – Claire Haas, Stevenson

Boys Senior Scholastic Award – Brendan Chang, Glenbrook South

Girls Senior Scholastic Award – Eileen Hoang, Stevenson

Dave Perry College Scholarship – Molly McGuire (Fenwick) – Indiana University and Jack Otto (Libertyville) – Bucknell University


National Federation of High School Associations Coach of the Year:

Timothy Daniel, Conant

Amy Martello, Lane Tech


Club Tournaments:

2018 USA Water Polo Junior Olympic:

12&Under Girls: Chicago Park District (27)

14&Under Girls: Chicago Park District (33)

16&Under Girls: Northern Illinois Polo Club (47)

18&Under Girls: Northern Illinois Polo Club (43), Chicago Park District 79

14&Under Boys: Chicago Park District (36), Lyons AC (48)

16&Under Boys: Chicago Park District (39), West Suburban (47), Northern Illinois Polo Club (70), Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club ( 118)

18&Under Boys: Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club (43), West Suburban (91), Northwest Chicago Water Polo Club Blue (96)

2018 USA Water Polo Champions Cup:

14&Under Girls: West Suburban (11), Chicago Park District (12)

14&Under Boys: Chicago Park District (11), Northern Illinois Polo Club (12)

American Water Polo National State Challenge:

High School Boys: 1st Chicago Park District, 2nd Windy City Water Polo

High School Girls: 1st Windy City Water Polo


Club Leagues:

American Water Polo 14&Under Summer League: 1st Team Chicago, 2nd Chicago Park District Girls, 3rd Chicago Park District Boys

American Water Polo 12&Under Summer League: 1st Chicago Park District Green, 2nd Team Chicago, 3rd Chicago Park District White

American Water Polo 14&Under Fall League: 1st Lyons AC and Chicago Park District Boys

American Water Polo 12&Under Fall League: 1st Chicago Park District Green, 2nd Northern Illinois Polo Club, 3rd Chicago Park District White


Illinois High School Association Water Polo:

Sectional Winners: Buffalo Grove (Stevenson Boys and Girls), Glenbrook South (Evanston Boys and Loyola Girls), Lincoln-Way East (Lincoln-Way East Boys and Girls), Lyons Township (Lyons Boys and Mother McAuley Girls), Metea Valley (Naperville Central Boys and Naperville North Girls), Schaumburg (Conant Boys and Girls), St. Ignatius (St. Ignatius Boys and Lane Tech Girls), York (Fenwick Boys and Girls)

IHSA State Championship Tournament:

Boys – 1st Naperville Central, 2nd Fenwick, 3rd Lyons, 4th Conant

Girls – 1st Stevenson, 2nd Fenwick, 3rd Naperville North, 4th Loyola


Illinois Water Polo Events:

Coaching Clinic at Arlington Park Race Track

IHSA Officials training at Fenwick

Age Group Water Polo Clinic at Stevenson in conjunction with the All-State All-Star Game at Stevenson

All-State Banquet and Hall of Fame Dinner

Good turnout for the officials training clinic

There was a large turnout for the January Official Clinic.  Officials reviewed 2019’s Rule changes. Speakers covered mentoring and the nuances of women’s water polo, specifically suit grabbing.

New officials reviewed whistle technique and points of emphasis for their first year officiating water polo.

The level two clinic reviewed video showing correct application of the rules in the 2018 State Tournament’s game situations.


IWP College Recruiting 101

Illinois Water Polo will be holding a college water polo “recruiting 101” session on Monday, January 28th @ 7pm in the Naperville Central Learning Commons. All athletes, coaches, and parents are invited to attend. Our target audience is probably sophomores and juniors, but there’s still time for seniors who have still not made a firm decision about their next step.

This free seminar is designed to introduce members of the Illinois Water Polo community to the basics of the college process: registering with the NCAA, your high school coach’s role in the process, contacting college coaches, scholarship myths & realities, varsity vs. club, etc. This is strictly informative; this is not a recruiting service, there’s no sales pitch, and no cost.

Naperville Central High School

440 W. Aurora Ave


Enter school at Door 1 on Aurora Ave, not the pool entrance. There will be signs inside the main entrance directing you to the Learning Commons.

We’ll absolutely take drop-ins, but it would be helpful for planning purposes if some attendees would pre-register.

2019 Illinois Water Polo Meeting Schedule

Illinois Water Polo will hold five meetings in 2019 on the following dates: January 13, March 10, April 14, September 15 and November 17.

All are on Sundays at 7 PM at Fenwick High School library.​

Anyone interested in helping grow water polo in Illinois is encouraged to attend.

Alumni Water Polo Camp comes to Illinois 1/12/19 and 1/13/19

2019 Alumni Water Polo Club Champions Camps By Windy City Water Polo Club

Windy City Water Polo (Oak Park, IL) and Alumni Water Polo (Granite Bay CA) will be hosting a water polo clinic at Fenwick High School for high school boys and girls as well as age group boys and girls on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13. Athletes can register for one or two days. Alumni Water Polo has come to Illinois three out of the last four years to run camps using Fenwick as the host site, and they have always done a great job. In the past, Br. Rice graduate, Joey Franz, has participated as a clinician. Franz, a former goalie for the University of the Pacific water polo team competes with the Alumni Water Polo team in California. There will be six clinicians here this year. Each as NCAA or National Team experience!

Camp registration information can also be found at: