Head Coaches – 2021

UWA Water Polo Club is very happy to announce Head Coach appointments, effective 1 January 2021.

Men’s Head Coach Appointment

The club is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrei Kovalenko to the position of Head Coach of the men’s program. Many of you may already know “Kova” as he has been involved with the club for a number of years and was the architect behind much of the success that the club has enjoyed over the last decade. As a player Kova competed at the highest level for nearly 20 years and took part in three consecutive Olympics for three countries, including a bronze medal in 1992.

Kova had a distinguished career playing in the Australian Water Polo League over a number years. Kova scored 105 goals in one season along with the record for the quickest goal .06 second and for scoring 2 goals within 1 second and snatching a vital victory for his team in the dying seconds of the game.

After retiring from playing Kova shifted focus to his passion for coaching and passing on his years of experience to the next generation of water polo players.

Kova will implement the club’s coaching plan and oversee all of our men’s/boys’ coaching activities from AWL all the way through the junior programs.

We are very lucky to have a coach of Kova’s passion and calibre involved in our program and we are excited to welcome him back to the club.

Women’s Head Coach Appointment

The club is pleased to announce the appointment of Damian Kelly to the position of Head Coach of the women’s program. Many of you already know “Damo” as he has been involved with the club for a number of years and was the development coach of junior men’s teams that led to the success that the club has enjoyed over the last decade.

Damian is currently the Head Coach of our men’s program and was proposing to leave for Sydney on a permanent basis in December but a change of heart has led him to reconsider and take on the Women’s Head Coaching position. Damian is very keen on implementing the successful men’s program into the women’s program.

He will be responsible for all of our women’s /girls’ coaching activities from AWL all the way through to the junior programs.

The club is very fortunate to have a coach of Damian’s experience and passion for the sport. We expect with Damian’s direct involvement in the women’s program that we will see significant changes in our playing results at both state and national competitions.

Members are most welcome to contact Damian and congratulate him on his decision to coach the women’s program of our club.