Since joining the Brown water polo program in 2005, John McBride has brought a wealth of coaching and playing experience to the sidelines for the Bears.
McBride's connection to Brown water polo dates back to 1981, when he started playing for the Little Rhody Aquatic Club in 1981 for former Brown Head Coach Ed Reed. McBride was the starting goalkeeper for the University of Rhode Island from 1988 to 1992.
During his college career, the Rams won a New England title, and finished as high as third place at the Eastern Champioships. Individually, McBride was a three-time First Team All-New England and one-time All Eastern goalie.
After graduating with a B.A. in Communications, McBride spent one season as the men's head coach at URI before moving on to guard the cage for the US National B team. He also participated as a coach at the Junior National Selection Camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. McBride became a police officer in North Providence, R.I., but retired in 2004 to get back into water polo as the assistant men's and women's coach at Brown.