More than two dozen Haverford School students will continue their athletic careers at their respective colleges and universities. Director of Athletics Michael Murphy hosted a virtual celebration to honor the boys’ commitment to their athletic careers and wish them well as they transition to their respective colleges and universities this fall.
Varsity Water Polo
The Haverford School Water Polo program began in 2002, when it officially entered a varsity and junior varsity program into the Inter-Academic League. The team struggled in its first few years of existence, but through hard work, determination, skill, and perseverance, has developed into a perennial league champion contender. The program has won the Inter-Ac Championship five times: 2005, 2008, 2009, 2018 & 2019. In addition to repeating as league champions, the 2019 team won the Easterns Prep Water Polo Tournament.
- Emphasizing good sportsmanship
- Exuding team spirit: work hard and stay positive
- Enhancing physical fitness through hard work
- Emphasizing improvement over winning/losing
- Developing a sense of respect, cooperation, self-discipline, sportsmanship, and fitness through participation in practices and games
- Participating in safe, fun, hardworking, diverse, and well-organized practice sessions
- Representing The Haverford School and its community with respect, honesty, and courage
Head Coach: Kevin Van Such
Coach Van Such joined The Haverford School in 2008 and serves both as head coach of the water polo team and as assistant coach for the swim team. Outside of Haverford, Kevin is Club Director of Maverick Water Polo and Program Director of Wissahickon Community Aquatic Club. He studied Communications at Millersville University, where he played water polo in his four years.
By Edwin Malet, County Lines Magazine
For the second straight year, The Haverford School dominated water polo — it won the Inter-Ac championships and ended its season 27-1. Read the story >
The Haverford School Athletic Department recognizes its All-Inter-Ac individual performers from the fall 2019 season. Team highlights from the fall season include Inter-Ac Championships in golf and water polo and an appearance/second place finish in the 2019 PAISAA soccer championship game.
Sean Hansen was overseeing the summer renovation of Haverford School's McQuillen Pool when the swim coach wondered if the decorations needed some international flavor. The pool, after all, is occupied not just by the reigning Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving chaps. In the fall, it plays host to the Fords water polo team. Read the Delco Times story >
By Matthew DeGeorge, Delaware County Times
By the time shots started finding Jason Chen Tuesday, the Haverford School goalie was already locked in. Having a defense in the pool that can help post a first-quarter zero as the Fords did against Malvern Prep will help a goalie settle in. So will a half-dozen blocked shots and 25 caused turnovers. Read the Delco Times story >
- Varsity Water Polo
Coach: Kevin Van Such
Overall Record: 27-1
League Record: 8-0
- Easterns Prep Water Polo Champions for the first time in School history
- Overall record 27-1, 51-5 in last two years
- Third place at Beast of East Tournament (best performance in School history)
- Back-to-back undefeated Inter-Ac Champions
- Beast of the East All-Tournament First Team: Koby Degenhardt; Second Team: Ryan LaRocca
- Easterns All-Tournament First Team: David Gobora, Ryan LaRocca, Koby Degenhardt
- Easterns MVP: Ryan LaRocca
- All-Inter-Ac First Team: Daivd Gobora, Matej Sekulic, Ryan LaRocca, Koby Degenhardt