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CASSIE WYCKOFF APPOINTED HEAD COACH OF WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE MEN'S & WOMEN'S WATER POLO PROGRAMS [1][edit | edit source]

Cassie Wyckoff (headshot courtesy StanfordPhoto.com) Cassie Wyckoff (headshot courtesy StanfordPhoto.com)

Jul 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College Director of Athletics Scott McGuinness has announced Cassie Wyckoff as the new head coach of the Presidents men's and women's water polo programs.

Wyckoff arrives in Washington after serving a season on the women's coaching staff at Stanford University, helping the Cardinal reach the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship game at the University of California-Los Angeles, an 8-7 loss to the University of Southern California.

"Cassie brings energy and passion for the sport of water polo to the W&J campus," said McGuinness. "She has played the sport at the highest levels and is eager to now make her mark as a coach. We are thrilled to have Cassie as our head water polo coach."

A two-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-America selection at Indiana University, she finished her career as the top goalkeeper in Hoosiers' history with more than 1,100 saves.

During the 2011 season, Wyckoff set a then-school record with 348 saves, which she topped the follow year when she blocked 356 shots during her senior campaign. As a senior, she helped lead Indiana to its second Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) title and second NCAA Championship appearance.

Twice during her time at IU she was named to the All-CWPA Championship First Team (2010, 2011), including tournament Most Valuable Player in 2011. She also garnered a spot on the CWPA All-Division Teams in 2010 and 2012.

Wyckoff is no stranger to international competition, having traveled with Stanford to the 2015 World University Games in Gwanhju, South Korea and earning a silver medal with Team USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

After college, Wyckoff moved onto the professional ranks, competing for three seasons in Dunaujvaros, Hungary and another in Eger, Hungary. Currently, she plays for the New York Athletic Club, having won gold at the US Open of Water Polo in 2012 and 2013 (MVP) and bronze in 2015.

"It is with honor and privilege to be a part of the Washington & Jefferson College athletic community," said Wyckoff. "I look forward to being an instrument among an orchestra of many quality members and I'm beyond excited to get started."

The W&J men's water polo team, which returns a pair of ACPWC All-America honorees in Patrick Fredrick and Nicholas Willison, is slated to begin the 2016 campaign at the Mercyhurst University Laker Invitational on Friiday-Saturday, September 9-10. The women's team concluded the 2016 season with an unblemished 14-0 record in CWPA play before suffering a 13-9 setback in the CWPA Division III championship game to host Connecticut College.

Release courtesy Washington & Jefferson College Athletics Communications

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