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MICSD - Steward Family Aquatic Center  
101 North Warson RdSt. Louis, MO 6312
Boys and Girls
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4 PM 
Sunday   9:00 AM - 4PM

ALL STAR COACHES 

Genai Kerr - USA Olympian 

Felix Mercado - Brown University (Men's & Women's Head Coach)

 Miguel Figueras - SLAP & USAWP ODP (Head Coach) 

Colleen Lischwe - McKendree University (Men's & Women's Head Coach)

*Other guest coaches, athletes and referees.  

Park in Lot A (North Lot Off of Warson Road) 
Enter Building #29 Through New Main Entrance 
Walk Down Stairs on Left  to Enter Locker Room & Access the Pool Deck  
Bring - Suit, Towel, Water Bottle, Lunch & Healthy Snacks
Check-In Saturday 8:45 - 9:00 AM
Lunch Break at Noon
Bonus College Talk Saturday 4 - 5 pm
Designed to help high school athletes & parents navigate the transition to college

 

OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE

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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.

 Train with USA Water Polo Olympians

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE 

  • 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.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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.

CAMP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

Genai Kerr 5meter Water Polo Coach

 

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.

Genai Kerr 5meter Water Polo Camp Coach

Felix Mercado

Felix Mercado

Felix Mercado earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Management from American Intercontinental University in 2006. He also has an Associate of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Miami Dade College.

Felix Mercado was also the head coach and founder of the Raider Water Polo Club Foundation, and led the program to six Southeast Zone Championships. He has also offered his coaching expertise at numerous national team development camps for USA Water Polo.

Felix Mercado 5meter Water Polo Coach

Before arriving in Cambridge, Mercado spent 11 years coaching at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Fla. During his tenure with Ransom, Mercado helped guide his squad to three Florida State Championships in the boys division and coached the girls program to six straight Final Four finishes.

In two years as the coach of the MIT club women's team, Mercado's squads posted a 30-3 record, making back-to-back appearances at the Club National Championships. He was named the North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year in 2007. Mercado also served as an assistant coach at Hartwick College in the spring, as the Hawks finished fifth at the NCAA Championship.

In 2006, he was named CWPA Division III and CWPA Northern Division Coach of the Year after leading MIT's men's team to a second-place finish at the Division III Eastern Championship and the team's third-ever appearance at the Division I Eastern Championship. He posted a 26-34 record in Cambridge, as the Engineers attempted to integrate 12 freshmen into the program in 2006 after a 15-14 record in 2005.

Mercado was hired in the summer of 2007 as Brown's men's and women's water polo coach. He spent the two seasons prior to coming to Brown at the helm of the MIT men's varsity and women's club teams after one year as an assistant.

Mercado enjoyed a banner year in 2009 as the men's water polo team won a Northern Division title and the women's team claimed an Eastern College Association Conference (ECAC) championship. Mercado took home CWPA Northern Division Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year at Brown, earning the honor on the women’s side in 2008 and 2009 and on the men’s side in 2007.

In 2012, Mercado garnered CWPA Southern Division Women’s Coach of the Year laurels after leading the Bears to a 21-17 record. He posted a 20-15 record with Brown in 2011 and a 22-15 mark in 2010.

Mercado was elected President of the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches in 2013 following a season that saw Brown take fifth place at the CWPA Eastern Championships. Brown posted the nation's fifth-best team grade point average, collecting All-Academic Awards from the ACWPC, while Madison Pepper ’15 and Woods landed on the ACWPC All-American roster. The Bears also contended for the CWPA Southern Division Championship for the second straight year, falling to Princeton in the title game.

The 2014 season marked Brown's second 20-win campaign in three years, during which Mercado earned Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Coach of the Year honors and steered the Bears to fifth place at the CWPA Championship. Brown battled to its third-straight CWPA Southern Division title game appearance, while Kate Woods ’14 became a three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-American and finished her career as Brown's all-time leading scorer.

In 2015, Mercado guided the Bears to a 20-17 record, marking the third time in four seasons that the team finished with 20 or more wins. He coached a pair of All-CWPA and ACWPC All-American performers in Shannon Crowley ’17 and Marisol Dakan ’18. Under Mercado’s tutelage, Dakan set Brown’s single-season saves record with 403 saves in 2015. As a team, the Bears out-performed their seed, placing fifth at the CWPA Championship with an 8-7 win over Harvard. In 2016, Mercado challenged a young team, which included eight freshmen, playing 19 ranked opponents on the season.

During the 2017 season, Brown posted a 21-10 record, marking the Bears’ seventh winning year and sixth 20-win campaign during the Mercado era. Mercado mentored Marisa Kolokotronis ’17 who earned Second Team All-CWPA and First Team All-CWPA Tournament accolades.

COACH MIGUEL FIGUERAS

Miguel Figueras Water Polo Coach

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.

COACH COLLEEN LISCHWE

Water Polo Coach Colleen Lischwe 1

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. 

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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.

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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.

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JEFF PASSWATER

Austin College Men's & Women's Coach

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MICSD - Steward Family Aquatic Center  
101 North Warson RdSt. Louis, MO 6312
Boys and Girls
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4 PM 
Sunday   9:00 AM - 4PM

ALL STAR COACHES 

Genai Kerr - USA Olympian 

Felix Mercado - Brown University (Men's & Women's Head Coach)

 Miguel Figueras - SLAP & USAWP ODP (Head Coach) 

Colleen Lischwe - McKendree University (Men's & Women's Head Coach)

*Other guest coaches, athletes and referees.  

Park in Lot A (North Lot Off of Warson Road) 
Enter Building #29 Through New Main Entrance 
Walk Down Stairs on Left  to Enter Locker Room & Access the Pool Deck  
Bring - Suit, Towel, Water Bottle, Lunch & Healthy Snacks
Check-In Saturday 8:45 - 9:00 AM
Lunch Break at Noon
Bonus College Talk Saturday 4 - 5 pm
Designed to help high school athletes & parents navigate the transition to college