Jeremy Piasecki

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Born (1978-09-21) September 21, 1978 (age 43)
New York, NY, USA
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materCorona del Mar High School
Occupation
  • United States Marine
  • Water polo coach
Notable work
First person to introduce water polo to Afghanistan

Jeremy Piasecki[1] is a United States Marine and most notable for being the first person to introduce water polo to Afghanistan.[2]

Early Life

Jeremy Piasecki is from California but he was born in New York in 1978. Jeremy went to Corona del Mar High School in .Newport Beach, CA.[3]

Piasecki owned ice cream shops in San Diego County and a restaurant in Fallbrook, California for some time in the early 2000's.

Playing Career

Swimming

Jeremy Piasecki swam for Irvine Novaquatics under legendary coach Dr. Dave Salo and Coach Ken Lamont. Jeremy trained with Olympic gold medalists such as Jason Lezak, Amanda Beard, and Aaron Piersol.[2] While Jeremy Piaseki swam at the high performance level, he succeeded in ocean competitions and extreme long distance rough water events in the mid 1990's. Jeremy left competitive swimming by entering the Marine Corps.

Water Polo

Jeremy Piaseci played water polo for a club team in Newport Beach, CA, where they medaled and the national championships. Jeremy then played for Corona del Mar High School in that same city. Jeremy later played for Orange Coast College, near Newport Beach.[4]

Jeremy then professionally played for a Budesliga B team, Vfl Sindelfingen, during 2010-2014.[5] Jeremy Piasecki went on to finish his professional playing career for one year in Italy in 2015.

Coaching Career

Jeremy Piasecki coached swimming and water polo in several countries at many different levels. Jeremy coached water polo at youth, high school, regional, international, professional and high performance levels, swimming at youth and international levels, and soccer at youth and semi professional levels.

United States

Jeremy started coaching with Irvine Novaquatics in the 1990's. Jeremy Piasecki later coached swimming and water polo in Fallbrook, San Diego, California in the 2000's and took a water polo team to the national championships. Jeremy was a coach and administrator for the Pacific Southwest Zone for USA Water Polo in the latter 2000's.

Afghanistan

Jeremy Piasecki introduced the sport of "football in the water", "swimming football" or "water hand soccer" to Afghanistan in 2008.[6][7][8] Jeremy found an empty pool in the countryside of Afghanistan, convinced the owner to fill it with water and then taught local townspeople to swim and play water polo.[9] Many of the original players on this team died at the hands of the Taliban.[9]

Shortly after introducing water polo to Afghanistan, Jeremy was summoned by the Afghanistan Olympic Committee and was asked to start national swim and water polo programs.[10][11]

In 2010, Piasecki started another local team in Helmand Province, by the Iranian border. Jeremy found a pool there and again started teach locals how to swim and later play water polo.[12]

In 2016, Piasecki brought the Afghanistan team to their first international competition, put on by the international aquatics governing body (FINA[13])[14] in Vietnam.

In addition to the hundreds of local teams that have been growing in Afghanistan and thousands of athletes, Jeremy developed the national team, disabled teams, and even a women's national team.[15] Jeremy Piasecki's efforts have been chronicled in hundreds of international and United States' publications, television and radio, ranging from Forbes, Reader's Digest, Los Angeles Times, Swimming World Magazine and USA Today to the Times of London.

Germany

Jeremy took over as VfL Sindelfingen's head water polo coach in 2012 and created an additional youth program. Jeremy Piasecki coached swimmers and water polo players there until 2014.

Italy

In 2014 to 2019, Jeremy coached water polo players and swimmers for several Italian clubs and even helped an American military youth swim club.

References

  1. "Jeremy Piasecki - Public Figure | Facebook". www.facebook.com.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Jeremy Piasecki". April 17, 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  3. Perry, Tony. "Despite setbacks, Marine's drive to form Afghan water polo team continues". chicagotribune.com.
  4. "_uswp_genrel_2012_13_misc_non_event__SkipShotWinter2008" (PDF).
  5. "Wasserball-in-Baden: BaWü-Pokal 2012". www.wasserball-in-baden.de.
  6. "Fina Magazine". calameo.com.
  7. Stewart, Joshua (August 7, 2017). "Marines help coach Afghanistan's first water polo team". Marine Corps Times.
  8. "Coach hopes to take Afghan team to O.C." March 22, 2009.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Welle (www.dw.com), Deutsche. "Afghanische Wasserballer für Olympia 2016 | DW | 09.06.2010". DW.COM.
  10. "Building a Dream: Afghanistan's National Water Polo Team". March 16, 2009.
  11. "_uswp_genrel_2012_13_misc_non_event__SkipShotWinter2008" (PDF).
  12. "Reserve Marine Builds Olympic Dreams for Afghan People". DVIDS.
  13. https://www.fina.org/
  14. "Afghanistan made their debut in waterpolo". October 17, 2016.
  15. "These US Marine veterans are trying to help Afghanistan earn Olympic gold". Americas Military Entertainment Brand. October 12, 2015.

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