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Arroyo is MPSF Water Polo Coach of the Year

Men’s water polo coach Gavin Arroyo was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year for the second time since 2007, when he was co-coach of the year.

Arroyo, in his seventh season at Long Beach State, led the men’s 49er team to its first MPSF Tournament appearance since 2008, finishing 2-1 and taking fifth place. Arroyo also led the 49ers to their second-best finish in program history with a 24-8 record, including a 4-4 mark in conference play.

The team’s success led the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches to name players Dan Matulis to second-team All-American honors and Spencer White and Nick Rascon as honorable mentions. This is the 18th consecutive year that 49er men’s water polo players have earned All-American recognition.

Earlier, Matulis earned second-team All-MPSF honors while White, Rascon, Nolan McConnell, Milos Vrzic and Balint Meszaros earned honorable mention.

Arroyo continues his success with the women’s team, ranked No. 9 by the Collegiate Water Polo Association as the team entered Big West conference play.