June 25, 2014

Trent Calder Named Men’s Water Polo Assistant Coach, Kate Flanagan Elevated to Women’s Assistant

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Trent Calder, a two-time NCAA National Champion at the University of California, Berkeley and USA National Team member, has been named the assistant coach for the Brown men's water polo team, it was announced by Head Coach Felix Mercado on Wednesday. Also, current assistant Kate Flanagan will assume full-time assistant duties for the women's water polo team after splitting time between the two squads during the 2013-14 season.

"We are very excited to have Trent join our coaching staff," Mercado said. "I'd like to thank Director of Athletics Jack Hayes, Associate Director of Athletics Carolan Norris and the rest of the athletic department for understanding the importance of having an assistant coach dedicated to each program. Both my assistant coaches have won national championships and they bring the right attitude to continue our growth in and out of the pool."

Calder has coached at the Lamorinda Water Polo Club since 2007, assuming the head coaching position of the 18-and-under boys team in 2013. As an assistant, Calder helped the 2011 squad post a 44-0 record and take first place at the National Junior Olympics, United States Club Water Polo Championships and Kap7 Championships. He has also spent six seasons as an assistant at Acalanes High School and has worked with Brown's incoming freshmen Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) and Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.).

A four-year member of the men's water polo team at Cal, Calder won back-to-back National Championships in 2006 and 2007 while serving as a team captain and earning All-American honors. A member of the USA National Team from 2003-2009, Calder donned the Red, White and Blue at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.

"Trent brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having played at the highest level at a great academic institution," Mercado said. "He'll be able to relate to our student-athletes and pass on the success that comes with two national championships."

Flanagan joined the Brown coaching staff during the summer of 2013 and assisted with both the men's and women's programs. Her duties will shift primarily to the women's team.

Flanagan aided the men's team to a 23-13 overall record, a Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division third-place finish and bid to the CWPA Eastern Championships. On the women's side, Flanagan helped orchestrate a 20-win season that saw the Bears run to the CWPA Southern Division Championship game. As a player, Flanagan was a three-time Academic All-American at UCLA and won national titles in 2003 and 2005.