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Six Bears Honored
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Longtime Cal Associate Head Coach Takes New Position
End Year 17-8
Producing back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007, two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation crowns (2002, 2006), 50 All-Americans and numerous academic honorees, Kirk Everist has proven to be the perfect individual to perpetuate the tradition of excellence that defines California water polo. In 10 seasons (227-63, .783) Everist has twice led the Golden Bears to the pinnacle of the sport; directing his alma mater to its NCAA-record 13th national crown with a 8-6 win over USC in 2007 after a thrilling 7-6 last-second national championship victory over the Trojans in 2006.
A former three-time All-American, 1988 NCAA Player of the Year and two-time United States Olympian, Everist, 45, earned the 2002 MPSF Coach of the Year honors in his inaugural season when he guided Cal to the MPSF Tournament title and a national runner-up finish. Then in 2004, he was inducted into both the Cal Athletic and the USA Water Polo Hall of Fames. In 2006, Everist was selected USA Water Polo's Elite Co-Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to both the MPSF and NCAA titles. Most recently, he coached the United States' World University Games team that competed in the summer of 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia, mentoring five Bears on the squad.
On July 29, 2002 Everist returned to his alma mater and immediately led the Bears to a 20-7 mark and Cal's first MPSF title and national runner-up finish since 1995. Now after guiding the Bears to the school's first back-to-back NCAA trophies since the early '90s, Everist and his troops will be vying for another national crown in 2012, led by sophomore Aleksa Saponjic, who was a member of the bronze medalist Serbian squad at the 2012 London Olympics.
With all of his team's accomplishments in the pool, Everist has also fostered excellence in the classroom. In September, 2009 his team was awarded the 2008-09 Newmark Award for the most improved cumulative team GPA among all of the Cal 27 sports. In the spring of 2010, three of his athletes earned 4.0 GPAs.
Before his successful return to Berkeley, Everist had contributed to eight CIF North Coast championships as an assistant coach at Miramonte High School. During Everist's 11-year tenure at Miramonte, the school also produced nine league titles and three third-place finishes in the California State Tournament. He helped develop 22 high school All-Americans, and three of his former players went on to earn NCAA All-American recognition, while two of his ex-pupils played on NCAA championship teams.
In addition to his work at Miramonte High School, Everist served as water polo commissioner at San Francisco's Olympic Club from 1999-2001, a period that produced a gold medal and two silver medals in FINA World Masters competition. Also, since 2000 he has been co-head coach for the Lamorinda water polo team, leading that club to the 2001, 2004 and 2005 USA Water Polo 20-Under national championships, and the 2002 Northern California Zone Junior Olympic title. In January of 2005, Everist added to his duties the position of treasurer of the College Water Polo Coaches Association.
A 1990 Cal graduate, Everist propelled the Bears to national championships in 1987 and 1988 as a player. He earned NCAA All-American status from 1986-88 and was named the NCAA National Player of the Year in 1988. Everist went on to play for the United States National Team for nine years (1988-96) and was a member of the USA Olympic Team at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Games. He also competed on America's gold medal winning water polo teams at the 1991 World University Games and 1995 Pan American Games.
"Kirk has been an Olympian and an All-American, but I believe he is now a better coach than he was as a player," said four-time NCAA Coach of the Year Pete Cutino, Everist's former Cal mentor who passed away in September of 2004. "He is a very intense person who has always been a student of the game. Kirk is everything we would want in a coach."
Everist lives in nearby Pleasant Hill with his wife, Kim, and daughter, Keira, born January 23, 2009.
EVERIST'S RECORD 2002 20-7* 2003 20-8 2004 20-10 2005 21-7 2006 31-4*** 2007 28-4** 2008 19-9 2009 22-6 2010 24-4 2011 22-4 Total 227-63 (.783) *MPSF Champions **NCAA Champions ***MPSF and NCAA Champions