Clayton Snyder


Clayton began his water polo adventure in 1995 at the age of 8 with Seal Beach WPC under the coaching of the late legend Klaus Barth. Becoming proficient at the center forward position, Clayton continued playing for Golden West WPC and eventually for SOCAL as a center defender where his 14u team placed 3rd at Junior Olympics and 1st at Speedo Cup, earning the MVP Jody Campbell Award. Clayton attended Los Alamitos High School and helped his team to three Sunset League Championships and to the CIF SS Div. 2 Finals three years in a row, conquering an undefeated Villa Park to take the championship in 2004 and was named Sunset League Player of the Year and CIF SS Div. 2 Co-Player of the Year. Snyder signed with Pepperdine University on scholarship where he started as a freshman and had a four-year total of 119 goals, graduating in 2010 with a B.A. in Film Studies. As co-captain his junior and senior years, he led his team to #2 in the nation in 2008, was named 2009 NCAA All-American Honorable Mention, 2009 All-MPSF Second Team, and 2008-09 All-Academic. In 2010, Snyder began training with the USA National Team and represented USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China, finishing at 4th place. He also competed in professional leagues overseas including Italian Serie A2 (Promogest of Sardinia), Hungarian OB1 (Kaposvár), and Adriatic League (Jadran Herceg Novi of Montenegro). Most recently, co-founded the LA Athletic Club men’s water polo team and continues to compete in masters tournaments throughout the year. Clayton is honored to coach for the prestigious LA Premier and looks forward to helping develop its athletes as players and as people.