BERKELEY – Two of Kirk Everist’s former standout players who were members of the Golden Bears’ 2006 and 2007 national championship squads – Marty Matthies and Trent Calder – have recently secured new coaching positions at Cal State Northridge and Brown, respectively.
Matthies has been named the head women’s water polo coach at CS Northridge, while Calder has been named an assistant men’s water polo coach at Brown.
“I am very excited for Marty and Trent,” said Everist. “It's great to see our former Bears excelling in the coaching profession."
Matthies, hired by Cal State Northridge July 10, becomes the third head coach in the program's history and joins the Matadors after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount. He served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams at LMU.
Prior to his time at LMU, Matthies was an assistant with the men's and women's programs at Bucknell from 2011 to 2012. He has also spent time as a coach within the USA Water Polo ODP System (since 2009) and has assisted at Pepperdine, Westlake High School and Cal.
As a player, Matthies was a member of the Bears’ 2006 national championship squad as a senior and was a three-time All-American. He also competed for the USA Water Polo National Team at the senior level from 2002 to 2005 and again from 2009 to 2010. Matthies earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cal in 2008.
"Marty is one of the best young coaches in our sport,” said Everist. “He has always had a coaches’ mentality and a passion for teaching and mentoring."
Calder, a two-time NCAA champion at Cal and a USA National Team member, was named an assistant for the Brown men's water polo team July 10 by head coach Felix Mercado. He has coached the Lamorinda Water Polo Club since 2007, assuming the head coaching position of the 18-and-under boy’s team in 2013.
As an assistant, Calder helped the 2011 Lamorinda squad to a 44-0 record and first place at the National Junior Olympics, United States Club Water Polo Championships and Kap7 Championships. He has also spent six seasons as an assistant at Acalanes High School.
A four-year letterwinner at Cal, Calder was a part of back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007 while serving as a team captain and earning All-American honors. A member of the USA National Team from 2003-2009, Calder competed at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.
"I have enjoyed watching Trent grow as a coach with Acalanes High School and Lamorinda Water Polo Club,” said Everist. “He is an excellent teacher and I know he will be a great asset to Brown."