Matt Cherries played water at South Pasadena High School before going on USC where he was team captain on the NCAA finalist team in 1994. Matt is a mathematics teacher and coaches the girls at Ventura High School. He also assists with the youth at the Pride Water Polo Academy. He has developed a deep passion for teaching fundamentals over the years working with hundreds of athletes. He also invented a device called the Polo Pendulum to help athletes control their wrist release, improve their balance catching and throwing, and improve their leg strength.
Water Polo Achievements: CIF Champion and All- American in Water Polo and Swimming 1989, 1990, NCAA Finalist University of Southern California 1993 and 1994, CIF Division 2 Coach of the Year 2006, Olympic Development Team Coach 2011, USA Master’s Nationals Silver Medal 2018, 2017, 2016, Bronze 2015, Development: South Pasadena HS League Champions 2001, 2002, Ventura High School League Champions 2007, 2009, 2019, Coached over 20 All-American water polo players, Fina Master’s World Championship Budapest, Hungary, Quarterinals , August 2017