May 9, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis men's water polo, currently under the watch of assistant coach Kevin Peat, has announced a class of 13 incoming players for the 2013 season. All but one is a high school senior, and all have submitted their Statement of Intent to Register declarations, including one who signed his National Letter of Intent. They will enroll at the university this fall quarter.
Forming the class of goalkeepers are Jake Becker of Long Beach Wilson High School, Elijah Belmontez of Coronado, and Doug Saavedra of Golden West College. "I am excited about the diversity of this goalie group," Peat said. "By bringing in players from both the high school and JC ranks, we create a competitive environment that will encourage the athletes to learn from each other while pushing them to new heights."
The two-meter and utility class comprises Russell Blockhus of Mountain View, Zoltan Lazar of Sacred Heart, Connor Ryan from Palos Verdes Peninsula and Max Vigeant of Granite Bay. "This group has a huge amount of potential," said Peat. "Every coach knows the value of a good two-meter or utility player. I am excited to see them mix it up with our current roster."
The remainder of the class are attackers: Reece Allen of Carlsbad, Keone Carrigan of Clovis North, Spencer Galli of Drake, Cody Kelley of Mira Costa, Scott Jollymour of Sacred Heart and Andrew Vieira of St. Mary's of Stockton. Kelley joins an older sibling at UC Davis - Parker is a junior on the Aggie tennis team. "Here we have many names coming from programs familiar to us," Peat said. "We are excited to have such a good relationship with these organizations, as they always turn out quality, hard working athletes. These young men will be no exception."
"Overall, we have brought in a fairly large class to try and fill the gaps left by an equally large group of departing players. We look forward to watching them develop and hope they are equally excited start a new chapter in both their academic and athletic careers," added Peat.
A 2012 All-American and one of the program's all-time goalkeeping greats, Peat has handled recruiting duties on an interim basis after previous mentor Steve Doten stepped down from the position in late March. The search for the permanent head coach is currently in progress.
The Aggies finished with a 14-18 overall record and No. 18 final national ranking in 2012.