What is Sports Growth? What is Texas Development?
Water polo is one of the fastest growing sports throughout Texas in high schools, clubs, YMCA’s, Parks & Rec Programs, etc. Sports Growth is working with coaches, club admins, referees, and athlete/parent leaders in growing the sport of water polo across all levels and platforms. Texas Development is working with local groups in finding, developing, and creating opportunities for athletes to play, coaches to teach, and the sport to grow through education, cooperation, and planning. Water polo is a life long sport that can be enjoyed once an athlete learns to play at a local grass roots program to a masters club and everything in between.
Joe Linehan – USA Water Polo Texas Development
Joe Linehan came on board at USA Water Polo as the Texas Development Manager working part time in 2015 and full time in April 2017. Prior to coming to work at USA Water Polo, Joe was the USAWP Southwest Zone Chair since 2009, Southwest Zone Board member since 2003, and have served various roles with Southwest Zone/ODP teams since 2003. Additionally, Joe was the Club Director/Head Coach for Thunder Water Polo in North Texas from 2009-2017 and the Head Coach/Executive Director for the Houston Water Polo Club from 2003-2009. From 1998-2002, Joe was the Head Water Polo Coach/Assistant Swim Coach at the NCAA Division III United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY where he also started the Big Apple Water Polo Club in 2000. A Texas A&M University graduate, Joe earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 1997. At Texas A&M, Joe was the player/coach for the collegiate club water polo team and a member of the NCAA swim team.