Huntington Beach, Calif. – January 16, 2012 – USA Water Polo’s Annual Awards dinner took place this past January 14th at the LAX Crowne Plaza in Los Angeles, California in conjunction with the USA Water Polo Assembly. As established in 2010, the awards have each been named in honor of a person or persons who have made an extraordinary contribution to the sport. Winners were chosen through a zone nomination process and then reviewed by a national selection panel.
Doc Hunkler Distinguished Women’s Coaching Award (Scholastic):
Natalie Benson, Huntington Beach Water Polo Club and ODP
– Natalie Benson, formerly Golda, has parlayed a playing career that saw two Olympic Medals into a coaching career on that has seen her continue to flourish in the game of water polo. This past summer Benson's 18 and Under girls defeated Santa Barbara to take the Platinum flight Gold Medal at the SwimOutlet.com Junior Olympics. From 19th place in 2007 to champions in 2011, Benson has helped grow the program at the 18s level on down with the club taking Gold in the 18s Gold division and Bronze in the 16s Gold division at the Junior Olympics.
For a story covering all the awards of the evening, visit this LINK.
Source: USA Water Polo Website