The USA Water Polo Women’s Division 3 National Championships at Augustana College

The USA Water Polo Women’s Division 3 National Championships will take place at the Anne Greve Lund Natatorium in the Lindberg Center on the campus Augustana College.  There will be four games total (two Saturday and two Sunday).  

On Saturday, May 6 will be the two national semifinals.  At 2:00pm will be Augustana v. CMS.  At 4:00pm will be Pomona-Pitzer v. Austin.

On Sunday, May 7 will be the 3rd place and championship games.  The 3rd Place Game will be at 10:00am and the Championship game will be at 12:00pm.

Tickets are $12 for a single day or $20 for a weekend pass.  They can be purchased here:  The ticket process will be cashless, so anyone interested in attending must purchase tickets through the link.

Illinois Water Polo New Coaches Orientation

Illinois Water Polo New Coaches Orientation

Monday, February 6th 7:30pm via Zoom

This session is designed for coaches who are in their first or second year and is open to both Varsity and lower level coach. Topics include preparing for the season, organizing the season, organizing a practice, and developing community.

Please register HERE

We will email a Zoom link a few hours prior to the program.

IWP Vice President, Jimmy Heard, reflects on the passing of Coach Richard Dux

Illinois Water Polo Community,

Last month, Matt shared that Coach Richard Dux had unexpectedly passed away. As our community processes the profound impact his loss has had on those that knew him, I wanted to take a moment to more fully remember Coach Rich and his involvement with Illinois water polo.

Rich’s love for water polo began at the age of 12 playing in the Chicago Park District. After playing with CPD for many years, Rich played NCAA division I water polo at Loyola University.  He played in multiple Midwest Conference Championship and NCAA Division I National Championship tournaments. After graduation, Rich helped coach and train goalies at Loyola University for many years.

In 1979, Rich was selected to participate in the US Olympic trials for the 1980 team and was named team captain of the Midwest team. The trials at the time were known as the National Sports Festival. The Festival was both a US Olympic trials and Olympic developmental (pipeline) tournament. Unfortunately, the US withdrew from participation in the 1980 Summer Olympic in Moscow. In 1981, Rich was selected as a coach for the National Sports Festival Midwest team.

In addition to spending the last 5 years with East Side, Rich spent 5 years over two stints coaching at Northwestern University for their men’s club team and 4 years coaching at Niles West High School. He also was a referee in the state for many years.

Rich always brought passion and humor to the pool deck. He constantly pushed those around him to be better, myself included. When the East Side community gathered together to remember Coach Rich, many current and former athletes and parents shared stories of Rich’s great impact on them as athletes and humans. He will be dearly missed.

Please keep Rich’s family, friends and athletes in your thoughts as we process his loss over the course of the seasons to come. There will be a celebration of life held this summer.

Jimmy Heard