Matt Watson – Head Coach

Matt Watson – Head Coach

Former professional water polo player Matt Watson has returned to Colorado to pursue a new dream . . . to pass on his love of the game to the next generation of Colorado water polo players.  His career in the sport didn’t start early, but is inspirational.  Matt was born in England, but grew up swimming and diving along Colorado’s Front Range.  It wasn’t until he was in high school that he was introduced to the sport of water polo.  That’s when he fell in love with the sport and immersed himself into becoming one of the top players in the region.  After high school, Matt attended Colorado State University where he made first team all-conference and was named captain of the team.

“My job is to teach the players be their best, both in and out of the pool” – Head Coach Matt Watson

Matt returned to England where he played on Bristol Central, one of Britain’s professional teams playing in the British Premier League.  It was here where he was exposed to players from all over the world playing at the highest level.  As head coach of the Storm, Matt hopes to pass on the knowledge and techniques he learned from playing with some of the best players in the world.  But Matt believes that water polo skills are only part of the equation in developing a complete player.  He believes that character, integrity and sportsmanship are all necessary components to make the best possible players, both in and out of the pool.  Practices and games for Storm water polo players focus on becoming a “complete” water polo player.

Carly Wyatt, a current coach of the Welsh National Team had this to say about Matt:

“While at Bristol Central, Matt was a consistent training partner, always pushing the pace both within swim training and in the gym. Matt’s strength made him a formidable defender and his pace always offered a counter attacking threat. A powerful shooter, Matt scored his fair share of distance goals both within national league and British Championships. Having played alongside the numerous international players at Bristol, it was clear to see both Matt’s technical and tactical game significantly improve. He loves to train and he trains hard! He is a real pain to play against!”

matt@stormwp.org

303.919-8725

Chupie McCright

Chupie McCright

Chupie grew up in the water polo hot bed of San Diego, CA where she played for both a club team as well as Poway High School.  It was at Poway where she honed her skills as a goalie, setting school records in saves both her junior and senior year.  Heavily recruited out of high school, Chupie turned down more well known college teams on the east coast after a visit to Fort Collins, CO convinced her that CSU where she wanted to live and play.  After her college career ended, where she was considered one of the top ten goalies in the country, Chupie has continued to live in Fort Collins and now is one of the coaches for the Storm.

 

Chupie loves coaching as it lets her have a positive impact on the players and she can see how much they improve each and every practice.  Her parents taught her to work hard, be respectful and never give up.  She tries to instill these same values in Storm players while at the same time teaching them a full understanding of the game.

 

You can contact coach Chupie at chupie@stormwp.org.