Gonzaga Water Polo was born as a club sport in the fall of 2002. The first team consisted of about 16 players. By the next year, the team had nearly doubled in size, and was divided into "A" and "B" squads. It was granted full varsity status in 2004 and today averages more than 50 scholar-athletes spread over three teams (Varsity, JV “A” & JV “B”).
Gonzaga is highly competitive amongst other East Coast schools, and alumni of the program have gone on to play water polo at such schools as the Naval Academy, Princeton, Virginia Tech, Miami University, Loyola University Maryland, and Clemson.
A member of Gonzaga College High School’s faculty/staff since the fall of 1991, Coach Viola is currently a History teacher, with over thirty years of coaching experience. In 2002, he helped start Gonzaga's Water Polo program along with some dedicated student-athletes. Starting with only one team of sixteen players, the team has grown into three teams (Varsity, JV “A,” and JV “B”) with over fifty student-athletes playing. Coach Viola played water polo at the University of Richmond in the early 80’s.