Boys' Water Polo

Water Polo

The Hill School consistently has been one of the top Prep School teams on the East Coast, capturing five Eastern Prep Championship Titles. This accomplishment is highlighted by the fact that most members of the boys' team learn to play water polo at The Hill School.

2018 Eastern Prep Champions!

Practicing four to five times a week with competitive play twice a week, the boys quickly are introduced to the rigorous and fulfilling game. Training focuses on technique, decision-making, and tactical water polo. Developing a team of players who practice and compete with purpose, poise, and principle is a primary goal. Consequently, these athletes are provided with a strong foundation to play water polo at the college level. More than 30 All-Americans have graduated from The Hill and have successfully continued on to swim and play water polo for collegiate programs such as the U.S. Naval Academy, Brown, Bucknell, Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, Washington and Lee, Richmond, University of Massachusetts, Connecticut College, and Claremont McKenna College.

The Briggs S. Cunningham ’26 Swimming Pool provides an excellent training facility for deep-shallow water polo and swimming. The six-lane pool is equipped with Kiefer lane lines, Colorado timing, angled starting platforms, two pace clocks, and two maxi-duraflex diving boards. The underwater viewing window, video equipment and strength and conditioning room complete the comprehensive training center. A full-time trainer and staff physician provide each athlete with proper medical attention.

The Hill School actively seeks candidates who desire a strong athletic program, combined with a highly challenging academic atmosphere. Talented young men interested in such a unique co-curricular and scholastic environment are encouraged to contact the Admission Office or e-mail Coach Jones.

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Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Doug Jones |
Coach Jones joined the Hill faculty in August of 2006 and currently serves as a counselor, instructor of Psychology, the head coach of boys’ water polo, and assistant with the swimming program. He attended Hill’s perennial rival, Lawrenceville, where he lettered in swimming and water polo. Coach Jones was a four-year starter and senior co-captain for the Johns Hopkins University water polo team. He earned Mid-Atlantic Conference all-tournament team and all-academic honors. As the head coach of both swimming and girls’ water polo at Saratoga High School in California, he led teams to several league titles and four Top 8 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sectional finishes. Coach Jones has coached water polo at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and Macalester College. In the fall of 2005, the University of Arizona Men’s club team placed third at the College Water Polo Association Collegiate Club National Tournament. The 2018 season marks Coach Jones’ 13th year at Hill and his 23rd year coaching water polo at the collegiate, high school, or club level.

Assistant Coach
Mark Agnew

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Water Polo Beyond The Hill

The following alumni currently are playing college water polo (includes sixth formers who have committed for next year):

Tiernan Brunner '19 - The United States Naval Academy

John Nelligan '19 - The United States Naval Academy

Ulas Cini '17 - Connecticut College

Jake Haines '17 - The United States Naval Academy

Bobby Lee '17 - The United States Naval Academy