Since taking over the Women’s Senior National Team, Adam Krikorian has been just about perfect. From his arrival in 2009 Team USA has competed in 17 major FINA Championships and come away with Gold in 14. This includes the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, 2009 and 2015 FINA World Championships, the 2010 and 2014 FINA World Cups, seven FINA World League Super Final crowns and the 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament. He’s helped the United States maintain a number-one world ranking for the majority of his tenure.
Following the 2012 Olympic Games, Krikorian was honored with the USOC National Coach of Year Award and also was the 2013 Jack Kelly Fair Play Award recipient, awarded by the USOC, for his accountability and composure during the 2012 Olympic Games semifinal match vs. Australia.
Following the 2016 Olympic Games, Krikorian was named Coach of the Games by the USOC at the Team USA Awards. And in early 2017, Krikorian was also honored by the Los Angeles Sports Council and the LA Sports Awards by receiving the first ever “Extraordinary Achievement In Olympic Sport” honors.
Krikorian was named head coach of the USA Water Polo Women’s Senior National Team on March 27, 2009. He had previously been head coach of the UCLA men’s and women’s programs for 10 years prior.
At UCLA, Krikorian earned National Women’s Water Polo Coach of the Year honors five times: 2001 and from 2005 through 2008. He also received National Men’s Coach of the Year honors in 2004 after leading the UCLA men’s program to its eighth overall NCAA championship. He guided the women’s team to eight national championships, including a string of five consecutive titles. In addition, he helped pilot the men’s program to three NCAA titles. As a student-athlete, assistant coach, and head coach, Krikorian has been a part of 15 National Championships. During his athletic and coaching career, on both the collegiate and international level, Krikorian has compiled a combined record of 31-3 in Championship games.
A standout player at UCLA from 1992 to 1995, Krikorian captained the squad in his final year, leading UCLA to the 1995 Men’s NCAA Championship, the school’s first title in 23 years. He was voted “Most Inspirational” in each of his final three seasons at UCLA from 1993-1995. And in 2016, was inducted in to the UCLA Hall of Fame.
Krikorian graduated from UCLA with a psychology degree and a business administration emphasis in June 1997. In May 2001 Krikorian married Anicia Mendez, a four-year Bruin letter-winner in varsity tennis who completed her MBA at UCLA. Adam and Anicia reside in Manhattan Beach, CA, with their son, Jack (born July 2006) and daughter Annabel (born June 2009).