A former athlete at the club, high school, collegiate, and international levels, Brian Flacks has been involved with the sport of water polo since 1998. He began his career playing for the Harvard Water Polo Foundation under the former Olympic head coach, Richard Corso, who extensively developed his skills and knowledge of the game. During this time, Brian took home four National Championship titles and competed as the youngest member on the US National Team, where he had the opportunity to compete internationally throughout Italy, France, and Germany. Brian then went on to play for UCLA, where he earned his BA in History in 2010. It was while he was at UCLA that Brian decided to join the ranks of coaching. Brian started his career working for the Los Angeles Water Polo Club (formerly the Harvard Water Polo Foundation) in 2006. From the start, Brian enjoyed great success, and in the past three years alone, Brian’s teams have won five national championship titles, including three gold medals at the National Junior Olympics in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as two gold medals at the US Club Championships. At the same time, he was asked to serve as the assistant coach for the US Cadet National team, where his teams brought home the silver and bronze medals in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In addition to his club roles, Brian took on a graduate assistant coach position at Loyola Marymount University in 2010 while he pursued a Masters in Education. With his help and guidance, the women’s team placed in the top four nationally for only the second time in school history. From there, Brian was offered to take on the head coach position for the boys and girls water polo programs at his alma mater, Harvard-Westlake High School. In his first year at Harvard-Westlake, he led the boy’s team to a quarterfinal finish, and he led the girl’s team to a CIF Championship title, which earned him recognition as the 2012 CIF Coach of the Year, the Daily News Coach of the Year, and the Harvard-Westlake Coach of the Year. Brian is now in his second season at Harvard-Westlake and hopes to continue to strengthen the programs for future success.