A member of Gonzaga College High School’s faculty/staff since the fall of 1991, Coach Viola is currently a History teacher, and has over thirty years of coaching experience. In 2002, he helped start Gonzaga's Water Polo program with the help of some dedicated student-athletes. Starting with only one team of sixteen players, the Water Polo program has grown into three teams (Varsity, JV “A,” and JV “B”) with over fifty student-athletes. Coach Viola played water polo at the University of Richmond in the early 1980s.
Tom Popp, Assistant Coach
Coach Popp was an All-American at the US Naval Academy (USNA ’89) and member of the US National Team from 1989 to 1991. In 2007 and 2008, he served as a volunteer assistant water polo coach at USNA and helped guide Navy to two NCAA Eastern Championships and two Final Four appearances. Coach Popp attended high school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA. A recently retired U.S. Navy Captain, he works for a defense contractor on projects involving the US Navy.
Dominick Pugliese '08, Assistant Coach
Coach Pugliese was a four-year member of the water polo team during his years on Eye Street. He then went on to play at Princeton University, where he was a member of the team that won the Eastern Championship in 2010 and 2012, and twice placed 3rd in the NCAA Final Four. He coached Gonzaga's JV B team as a member of the Alumni Service Corps in 2012-2013, and returned to Eye Street in 2016 as a history teacher and water polo coach.
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