Stevens, a first-team All-County pick and the Sunset League MVP, joins El Toro’s Joey Colton in Harvard’s 2013 recruiting class.
And Stevens and Colton join forces with rising Harvard players Noah Harrison (Huntington Beach), Evan Ramsey (Corona del Mar) and Ben Zepfel (Corona del Mar).
It won’t be long until Harvard becomes an East Coast power. There will be a lot of talent in that pool.
“Harvard offers me the best opportunity to achieve both my academic and athletic goals at the highest levels,” Stevens said in an e-mail. “I am excited to be a part of the program developed under the leadership of Coach Ted Minnis and I look forward to working towards a CWPA championship and berth in the NCAAs.”
The classy Stevens also thanked his coaches — especially ex-Sailors coach Jason Lynch — for helping developing him as a player and person. Here’s what he wrote about coaches, and one of his teachers:
“I would like to thank the following coaches:
as a 9-year old, my first water polo coach, Ted Bandaruk, gave me a love of the sport. A few years later, my club coach, Peter Asic, gave me a passion for the game and the desire to improve and compete. Peter saw my potential as a defender and challenged me to become great at the position. Even still he sees me play and gives me advice on how to improve.
When I joined Newport Harbor, Cory Delahunt and Ross Sinclair welcomed me enthusiastically and raised my game to the high school level. For my last two years at Newport Harbor, I grew from the experience of Robert Lynn, Pavle Filipovic, Jacob McIntosh, Dylan Mobley and Marco Palazzo.
Through the Olympic Development Program and the National Team, I have learned from many other coaches, all of whom taught me something that made me a better player. They have invested time coaching me over long weekends, evenings and of course, international tournaments. I wanted to thank all those coaches, including Guy Baker, Dusty Litvak, Zac Koener, Caleb Carlson, Chris Segesman and Barry O’Dea.
Above all, I want to thank my first high school coach and Junior National team coach, Jason Lynch. Over the last four years, he was my teacher, coach, and mentor. Coach Lynch held me to a higher level as a player, student and citizen. He saw my potential and always helped me achieve more than I thought I could do. He has been an integral part in shaping me into the person I am today. I am grateful for his commitment as a true educator and for all the hours he has spent on my growth and development.
Finally I’d like to thank all my teachers at Newport Harbor– their inspiration and dedication in the classroom has allowed me to excel in the classroom and advance to the best college in the U.S. I particularly want to thank my AP Calculus teacher, Mr. Clay. He not only teaches the academic material with excellence, he goes beyond the book and sets his students up for success later in life. He is a great friend outside the classroom.”
Photo courtesy of Doug Stevens
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