Wright coaching UCLA while preparing to play for Team USA in Olympics again

Posted: May 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm


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Adam Wright climbs out of the pool at Cal Lutheran, quickly changes into his clothes and jumps into his car.

He drives to Westwood to spend a few hours at UCLA's pool before jumping back into his car and heading back to the pool at Oaks Christian School.

Wright has been leading a double water polo life the last few years.

He is a member of the USA Water Polo Men's National Team and also the head coach of the UCLA men's water polo team.

"The easy thing to do is complain because, of course, some days are long and you are rundown and tired," Wright said. "But I am very lucky to be able to do both and I absolutely love doing both."

Wright, 35, just completed his third season as the head coach of his alma mater.

As a player, Wright led the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1999 and 2000. Wright was an assistant coach at UCLA for the men's and women's teams in 2008-09 before being named the men's head coach.

During his interview for the job, Wright informed the UCLA administrators that he still planned to participate in the London Olympics.

The core of the national team was intent on pursuing the gold medal after capturing the silver in 2008 in Beijing.

"I made it clear I still had the ambition of playing at the highest level," said Wright, who will be playing in his third Olympics. "I have been with this group for almost 16 years. What we did in the beginning was great, but we really didn't reach our ultimate goal."

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