Duje Grubisic’s water polo career began in Croatia, where he played professional water polo, starting at the age of sixteen, and had the immense opportunity of being coached by some of the best water polo coaches in the world. Duje then landed a full water polo scholarship at Concordia University where he was voted most valuable player and earned all-American honors, three years in a row. After his undergraduate work, he was offered a graduate scholarship and while earning his Master’s Degree also landed a position as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s water polo team at Concordia. Additionally, Duje has been recognized as the captain of every water polo team he has been a part of.
Coach Patrik is a student-athlete at Concordia University, majoring in Business Administration, the major emphasis in Finance and Healthcare Management. He is a dual-sport athlete both swimming and playing water polo for Concordia. He is a DII all American, had the team-high scores and assists during the 2019 season. Patrik is also from Hungary where he learned to love the water. In 2017 his team placed second at the Hungarian U18 National Championship. He was then recruited to Concordia University where he made the WWPA conference all-freshman team. Patrik has been coaching in Southern California since 2017 and has coached 12u, 16u, and 18u Boys. He is currently swimming and playing water polo for Concordia while attending school and is the Patriot 18u Boys coach.
Started playing water polo at age 7 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Played for the national team in multiple age groups, won Nordic Championship 3 times, and was selected most valuable player in all three tournaments. With the club team Baltic Amadeus, he won the Lithuanian Championship 5 years in a row. Started playing for Lithuanian men’s national team at age 15 and still plays to this day. In 2017 was selected U18 athlete of the year. Currently is playing at Concordia University Irvine. This year broke the record of goals scored in single-season (102). Senior who is majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science.
Robert Amakasu’s water polo roots began when he started swimming at the age of 6. He swam all the way through school until high school where he followed the path of his older brothers and started playing water polo. He played varsity water polo and swimming at Bonita High School.
After graduating from high school, Robert became an assistant coach at Claremont High School for 2 years. Later he served as an assistant coach to head coach and brother, Mark Amakasu at Bonita High School. The two helped Bonita High School win the CIF championship in 2005. Robert also has a coach’s license for USA Basketball. He has been coaching basketball for over 4 years to boys and girls of the ages 6 to 12.
Robert has since married and has 3 children that are involved in many different sports. He is a resident of Irvine and is constantly involved in the athletic community and would like to return to the water polo community specifically.
Coach Manon was born in Rambouillet, France and moved to the United States at the age of 4. Since being in the States, she has lived in the Tustin and Irvine areas. She attended Beckman High School and recently graduated in 2019. While attending Beckman, she swam Junior Varsity all four years of her high school career. She also played JV water polo her junior year and Varsity her senior year. Manon was co-captain of her water polo team senior year and contributed to their teams first Pacific Coast League win in Beckman history. Since graduating, Manon has been attending Santiago Canyon College with a major in mathematics, with hopes of transferring to the University of California, Irvine in two years. During her time at Patriot Aquatics, Manon has Head Coached age group swim and assisted in 12/14U Girls Water Polo and 14U Boys Water Polo. She is currently the Head Coach of the 12/14U Girls Water Polo team. On her free time, Manon likes to go to the beach, create art, and read.
He started playing water polo at the age of 10 and continued playing for almost 11 years. Garrett has also known Coach Duje for the better part of 10 years now as well. His experience ranges from club-level competition up to the international competition. Garrett played for Orange County Water Polo Club for much of his youth with numerous Top 5 finishes at JO’s. Then transitioned to Long Beach State for his collegiate career where he played for 2.5 years until his time was cut short due to a severe shoulder injury. He also has experience on the international level representing his mother’s home country of Ecuador in numerous competitions around South America culminating in a trip to the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
After his playing days were over he transitioned to coaching where he coached 12U and 18U teams for OCPWC and for San Juan Hills High School where he was the Assistant Head Coach for two seasons.
He currently works as a financial advisor for his family’s financial planning firm however coaching is still a passion of his and something that he enjoys greatly as it allows him to give back to the coaches who helped him on his journey as well as educate the younger generations of athletes. Garrett is very thankful for Coach Duje giving me this opportunity and he is excited to begin working with the goalies.
Mia is a senior at Beckman High School. She started swimming when she was five years old. She started playing water polo soon after. She moved to California and joined SOCAL water polo club and SOCAL aquatics. She participated in several JO’s and swim meets while playing club. During high school she played on the varsity water polo team for all four years and swim team for three years. Her favorite events are the 50 free and 100 free. She loves teaching kids the fundamentals of swimming and having fun while doing it.