Board of Directors
Collegiate Water Polo Association
320 W. 5th Street
Bridgeport, PA 19405
As the first commissioner hired for
the conference, Dan Sharadin has been with the Collegiate Water
Polo Association since 1990.
Involved in the sport since high school, he graduated from West Virginia University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s in Commercial Recreation and a Masters in Business Administration in 1981.
Following graduation he founded the non-profit organization, Young Athletes of America (YAA) to give the less athletically gifted an opportunity to play organized sports. One of the programs created through YAA was the Eastern Water Polo League (EWPL), a large multi-division structure that included teams from all over the eastern seaboard. Its success led coaches to question whether a similar structure would work within the collegiate ranks. Sharadin was asked if he would serve as part-time Commissioner of a small group of college teams known then as the Mid Atlantic Conference, for the purpose of providing basic services including scheduling and publishing a league program.
He began his duties with the CWPA in an age when fax machines were the newest development in office efficiency. Since that time many changes have taken place, including the merger of the New England and Southern Conferences in the early 90’s, the addition of women’s water polo in the mid 90’s, and the merger of the Southeast Collegiate Club Conference in 2000. During a portion of this period he worked with United States Water Polo for the purpose of collegiate development and was able to see programs added for men and women throughout the country.
Since its inception, the CWPA has grown in size to become the largest water polo conference and the third largest collegiate athletics organization in the country. Today over 80% of all collegiate contests are played under the auspices of the CWPA. Sharadin now oversees a staff that has evolved from a part-time commissioner to five full and part-time employees and an organizational budget of nearly a half a million dollars.
John Benedick (Term expires: 2013)
Massachusetts Institute of
Assistant Director of Athletics
Department of Athletics
Cambridge, MA 02139
The President of the Collegiate Water Polo Association, John Benedick's connection with the Collegiate Water Polo Association goes back to his first season as the head coach of MIT in 1975. One of the founding fathers of the current league, Benedict led the Engineers to a 158-263-2 record from 1975-1996, while guiding 13 student-athletes to All-America honors. Since 1996, he has served exclusively as an assistant athletic director at MIT aiding once the nation's largest intercollegiate athletic department to new heights.
George Washington University
Water Polo Coach
600 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
The head coach of the water polo
programs at George Washington University for the past decade, Scott
Reed has led the Colonials to rank among the CWPA's best.
In 2007, Reed was named CWPA Southern Division Men's Coach of the Year for guiding GW to third place at the Eastern Championship and an end-of-season No. 17 national ranking. In 10 seasons, Reed has led the GW men's team to 95 victories and three Eastern Championship appearances. He is the first and only head coach of the women's water polo team, which in 2003 won a program-record 18 games to earn Reed CWPA Southern Division Coach of the Year honors.
Reed came to GW from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, where he served as the head water polo coach and as an assistant coach with the university's men's and women's swimming teams.
Reed graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 with a bachelor of science degree in sport management. At Massachusetts, he served as a captain on the nationally-ranked Minutemen's water polo squad and also competed on the swim team. He still owns the Massachusetts school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:30.65.
In addition, Reed served as a graduate assistant in aquatics at Eastern Kentucky University, where he received a master of science degree in sport administration in 1997.
Brian Streeter (Term expires: 2012)
University-Erie, The Behrend College
Director of Athletics
5103 Station Road
Erie, PA 16563-0400
Director of Athletics at Penn State
Behrend for over a decade, Streeter is a member of the
multi-divisional Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Board
of Directors and chair of the organization's Championships
Committee. He recently completed his tenure on the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Water Polo Committee and
served as chairman of the committee in 2009. He will take
over as NCAA Water Polo Secretary Rules Editor beginning in the
Summer of 2011.
In 2001, Streeter was named one of two ECAC Jostens Administrators of the Year and served as the ECAC President during the 2004-05 academic year overseeing an organization which serves Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities in locations from Maine to North Carolina.
The 2004-05 recipient of the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award from the All-Amercian Football Foundation, Streeter was recognized "for his ongoing support of college athletics and his continued support of college football".
A past commissioner of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), he participated in numerous AMCC subcommittees. He previously served on the NCAA Women's Soccer and Men's Water Polo Committees in addition to past service on the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Selection Committee for Women's Softball.
In addition, he has led PSU-Erie, The Behrend College to consistent success in the AMCC as the Behrend Lions have captured eight of the past nine league Presidents Cups, presented to the most accomplished athletic program in conference competition.
Prior to joining Penn State Behrend, Streeter spent sixteen years as an assistant athletics director and head coach of men's basketball at Hobart College. He is a five-time winner of the Schoenfeld Regional Sportsmanship Award given by the College Basketball Officials Association. In 1995, he earned top honors for the same award nationwide. He also was named the Geneva, New York, American Red Cross Volunteer of the Year in 1993.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, he received his master's degree from Ithaca College. A past member of the NCAA Men's Water Polo Committee, he also serves as a board member of the East Erie Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Pennsylvania State Basketball Advisory Committee for Special Olympics.
Marv Christopher (Term Expires: 2014)
California State University-Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590
The Director of Athletics at
California State University-Maritime Academy, Marv Christopher has
a long-tenured history in leading athletic programs.
Following the conclusion of his fourth year as AD at CSU-Maritime, he has served as a Director of Athletics for nearly a quarter-century following 19-years as Director of Athletics at Cazenovia College (N.Y.).
His activities and accomplishments at Cazenovia include developing and implementing a NCAA Division III athletics program for men and women from provisional status to fully sanctioned accreditation, initiating a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) sanctioned men’s athletic program at the formerly all women’s college and providing the vision and direction for building a multi-million dollar athletic complex.
A recipient of a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree in Education from SUNY Cortland, he is a receipient of a Meritorious Service Award from the NJCAA and previously served as Commissioner of North Eastern Athletic Conference (NCAA) and the Mid State Athletic Conference (NJCAA).
Matt Anderson (Term expires: 2013)
University of Michigan
Water Polo Coach
1000 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Under the guidance of Matt
Anderson, Michigan has become the pinnacle program of eastern water
polo and is consistently amongst the nations elite every season. A
three-time Collegiate Water Polo Association Coach of the Year
honoree, Anderson boasts a 236-89 record following his eighth
season at the helm for the Maize and Blue.
A firm believer in developing complete players, Anderson emphasizes putting forth the same effort to all aspects of the game. His hard-nosed defensive philosophy and aggressive offensive style have produced an Olympic goalkeeper in Betsey Armstrong (2002-05), seven divisional most valuable players and 18 ACWPA All-America selections through the end of the 2009 season.
Anderson is one of just four coaches in Michigan history to lead a women's team to 200 victories and the lone male in the group as his teams have enjoyed great success both in the conference and on the national stage. The 2010 season marked the fourth time in Anderson's tenure that Michigan advanced to teh NCAA Championship.
The preeminent program of the CWPA Western Division, U-M has claimed the division crown in each of Anderson's first eight seasons. Anderson led the Wolverines to a Southern Division title in his first season and remains the lone coach to claim a Western Division crown since realignment took place prior to the 2004 campaign. Under his tutelage, Michigan players have earned 44 places on the all-division team.
Michigan has made it to the championship game of the CWPA Eastern Championship in all but two campaigns under Anderson. At the conference championship, the Wolverines claimed titles in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and have placed 17 players on the all-tournament team. Anderson coached Leah Robertson, Julie Hyrne and Armstrong to championship Most Valuable Player honors in 2005 and 2008, respectively.
Anderson's accomplishments have earned him the distinction of CWPA `Doc Hunkler' Coach of the Year on three occasions - taking home the hardware in 2005, 2008 and 2009. On the divisional level, Anderson was named a coach of the year three times between 2004 and 2006 and added two more awards to his collection during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Beyond his coaching duties, Anderson is highly involved in the promotion and growth of the women's water polo game. In February, 2008, he was appointed to the NCAA Women's Water Polo Committee. His term of service on the committee commenced on Sept. 1, 2008, and will run through Sept. 1, 2012. The water polo committee oversees the conduct of the NCAA Championship and playing rules.
Anderson also holds the position as treasurer for the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
Anderson is also currently an assistant coach with the United States men's youth national team - formerly the U.S. cadet team -- and previously was the head coach of the national youth `B' team for five years (1999-2003). Anderson helped lead the 16-and-under cadet team to a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American U18 Youth Championships. During the summer of 2006, he helped the squad to seventh at the 16-and-under World Championships - the United States' highest placing at the competition. He was also selected as one of four coaches at the 2009 USA Water Polo Speedo Top 40 competition.
Prior to Michigan, Anderson spent the 2001 season as an assistant coach at Indiana University, where he was responsible for the Hoosiers' recruiting and conditioning. During his tenure at Indiana, the Hoosiers improved from No. 20 in the nation to a then-school-best No. 14. Prior to coaching at Indiana, Anderson was an assistant coach at San Jose State (1999-2001), where he helped his alma mater reach a top-five national ranking.
From 1997-2001, Anderson served as the Zone Six head development coach for the Boy's 19-and-under development camps, the second largest water polo member zone in the United States. His responsibilities included recruitment, selection and implementation of water polo programs for future Olympians.
Before coaching in the collegiate ranks, Anderson achieved over 200 victories in 11 years as a coach at the high school level. He was the head coach as Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, Calif., from 1993-2000. He started the girls program and coached the team for two years along with an eight year stint at the helm of the boys team. Over that time, he compiled more than 170 victories, three league titles and one finals appearance in the CIF/CSS divisional playoffs. In 1999, he was named the California Interscholastic Federation/C.C.S. Honor Coach of the Year for his devotion to students and the game of water polo at the high school level. Anderson spent the three previous years at Newbury Park High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif., serving as the head coach for boy's water polo and girl's and boy's swimming from 1991-93. He started his coaching career as the head coach of boy's water polo at Santa Clara High School in Santa Clara, Calif., in 1990.
Before entering the coaching profession, he spent seven years as the city youth coordinator for Sunnyvale, Calif. In that position, he was responsible for school to career development for area youth, including programs for at-risk and teen parents.
Anderson earned his bachelor's degree from San Jose State in journalism with a minor in literature in 1991.
Mark Gensheimer (Term expires: 2012)
Senior Vice President
One Gateway Center - Eighth Floor
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Mark Gensheimer has more than 20 years of experience providing investment management, retirement and consulting services to the financial services industry. In 1998 he co-founded Invesmart, a national retirement-services firm. He was previously Executive Vice President of the Bank Marketing and Sales Division of Federated Investors, where he served for 17 years.
Gensheimer has a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University. He also attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and has completed numerous continuing education programs.
A high school water polo coach, he also works with a youth group for Habitat for Humanity and plays an occasional round of golf. In addition to his service on the CWPA Board of Directors, he serves on finance committees and/or boards of directors for the Sewickley YMCA and his church.