USA Olympian Genai Kerr will focus on the needs of your team to prepare for optimal performance as a group.
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Want your kids to be personally trained and mentored by an Olympian?
5meter Water Polo Camps give them an unique opportunity to experience the lifestyle, nutrition and training of an Olympian. They also get practical training tips and drills designed by some of the best coaches in the world.
- World class drills and training
- Open to all genders and levels of ability
- Complete immersion in Olympian lifestyle and training regime
- Emphasis on game appreciation and fundamentals
Designed by the top coaches and athletes in the country, the camp provides in-water instruction to make an immediate impact on an athlete’s game. Young athletes will have the opportunity to learn first hand how Olympic Athletes train, meet their nutritional needs, and balance their lives.
We want our campers to come home with experiences that enrich both the quality of their play and their life through a better understanding and greater appreciation for sport. They will develope new techniques and a heightened level of self-confidence.
5meter Water Polo Camps and Clinics provide the highest level of individualized coaching for aspiring water polo athletes. Whether you are learning the rules of water polo and how to eggbeater or preparing for college level competition, we have the best water polo camp for you. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other players having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
- Superior instruction from USA Olympians and College Coaches
- Olympians get in the pool with you to demonstrate and lead drills
- Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
- Position Specific Training for Divers, Shooters, Goalies & 2 Meter Offense & Defense
- Water Polo specific dry-land training.
Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport. Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships. He has coached at every level from Splashball to college and National Teams. He is a USAWP Sport Growth Manager, FINA Subject Expert, and consultant with a variety of countries.
Miguel lives in St. Louis with his wife and two sons, both of whom he taught at Wilson. He is an accomplished water polo player and coach, serving as the Assistant Coach for the US Water Polo Men’s Development National team and the head water polo coach for Desmet Jesuit High School Club, Club Director for the St. Louis Area Polo and the USA Water Polo Chairperson, Midwest Zone.
Colleen Lischwe serves as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s water polo teams at McKendree University. After serving as the program Graduate Assistant in its inaugural year, she was named the head coach for the women's water polo program in February 2017 and in June of 2018, Lischwe was named head coach for the men’s water polo program. She is currently the only female head coach of a men’s NCAA water polo program.
On the women’s side, in her first season with McKendree, Lischwe was selected as the 2017 CWPA Midwest Division Coach of the Year. She took over the reins of the program as head coach in February 2017 and led the Bearcats to their first Midwest Division Championship match. The following season, Lischwe lead the Bearcats to a 9-16 record in their first season as a varsity program as a part of the WWPA Conference where they placed 7th overall. Lischwe coached Emily Westlove who was given the program’s first All-American nod. Most recently, Lischwe helped the 2019 Bearcats to an 11-15 record, their winningest season to date.
After serving as assistant coach to the men’s program for its first two seasons, Lischwe became head coach of the team in June 2018 and delivered the team’s most successful season in program history. Lischwe lead the team to their first winning season in 2018, finishing with a 15-13 record overall. During her first season at the helm, Lischwe earned the 2018 Coach of the Year Award at the CWPA DII Championships and was presented with the Dick Russell Coach of the Year Award at the 2018 MAWPC-West Conference Championships. Additionally, McKendree won their first MAWPC-West Conference Championship, ending the 20-game winning streak of Gannon University along the way and defeating Salem International University in the finals. Following the win, McKendree made their first appearance at the MAWPC Championship Tournament. Lischwe coached Joseph Mahan to earn the program’s first men’s All-American award. In 2018 Lischwe was honored with the 2018 Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Coaching Award for the Midwest Zone by USA Water Polo.
As a player, Lischwe had a successful high school and college playing career. Named Missouri High School Female Player of the Year from 2005-2007, Lischwe was named to numerous All-Conference and All-District teams. Following her high school career, Lischwe starred at Marist College, a Division I program in Poughkeepsie, NY. As a starter and successful player for the Red Foxes, the attacker helped lead the team two MAAC conference championships. During her time at Marist, Lischwe competed in the NCAA National Championship tournament twice, finishing eighth in 2008 and seventh in 2009.
Prior to coaching at McKendree, Lischwe served as the head water polo coach at Kirkwood High School in St. Louis, MO. Additionally, Lischwe acted as the Midwest Zone Women's Cadet Coach for from 2010-2016 through the USA Water Polo's Olympic Development Program and will reprise this role in 2019. In addition to her collegiate coaching duties, Colleen also coaches both the boys and girls groups at St. Louis Area Polo, a club team in her home town of St. Louis, Missouri.
In 2018, Colleen received her masters of business administration from McKendree University.
Alana Burgess was named as the first-ever Head Coach for both the Men’s Water Polo and Women’s Water Polo programs at Wheaton College on October 10, 2022.
Wheaton announced the addition of Men’s Water Polo and Women’s Water Polo as the 22nd and 23rd varsity athletic programs at the Norton campus. The addition marks the first new varsity athletic programs since the baseball program was announced in 1996.
"We are thrilled to welcome Alana Burgess to Wheaton as our inaugural head coach of both Men's and Women's Water Polo,” said Viano. “Coach Burgess has played and coached at the highest levels of the NCAA and we are incredibly excited to partner with her to build our varsity water polo program and have her on campus as the leader of our newest teams. The future of Wheaton Water Polo is bright!"
Burgess is not only the first coach for the sports in school history, she is also just the fourth current female coach for a men’s program at the NCAA level.
"I am beyond thrilled to be named the Head Coach of the inaugural Men's and Women's Water Polo teams at Wheaton College,” exclaimed Burgess. “I will gladly accept the challenge of building both programs from the ground up and I am excited to be a part of an Athletic Department with a strong support system and winning culture. I would like to thank Gavin Viano, Lisa Yenush and the rest of the hiring committee for giving me this incredible opportunity."
Burgess most recently served on the coaching staff for the water polo program at Brown University. Prior to landing at Brown, Burgess was the Head Coach for the Women’s Water Polo program at Division I Saint Francis College (N.Y.). The West Coast native spent two years with the Terriers, including a year as the Head Coach and a season as an Assistant Coach. Her first season at Saint Francis’ mentor in 2020 was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but prior to the season’s untimely cancellation, she led the Terriers to victories over La Salle University and Siena University.
In her only full season with the women’s team in Brooklyn, Burgess served as an assistant on the squad that produced the highest win total at the school since the 2011 season. The Terriers highlighted the 2019 campaign with Burgess on staff during an impressive 3-1 home Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference weekend from April 6-7. Saint Francis collected a trio of conference victories as it defeated Villanova University, La Salle, and Virginia Military Institute.
In addition to her time as the Terriers’ women’s coach, she also served as an Assistant Coach for the Men’s Water Polo team, before being elevated to Director of Water Polo for the men. She helped the 2019 edition post a 19-14 record, The Terriers were unable to compete in 2020, but came back in 2021 to register a 16-7 record, including their first-ever appearance in the Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship.
Previously, Burgess gained coaching experience as an assistant with the San José State University program, where she helped direct the Spartans to a 17-15 record during the 2016 season.
In between her collegiate stops, Burgess received her first head coaching opportunity, leading the Menlo School Girls Water Polo squad in Atherton, Calif. for two seasons.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University in 2013. Burgess was a four-year member of the nationally-ranked Aztec’s women’s water polo team from 2008-12.