Genai Kerr is an American water polo player. He is a member of the United States men’s national water polo team and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics..[1] Genai was a member of the United States Men’s National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships. He is one of the only athletes in history to compete internationally as a goalie and as a field player. Most recently he was named MVP of the 2012 US Open after he helped Newport Water Polo Foundation win the national championship. Genai has coached at every level, from age group to Division 1 college programs. Over the last 15 years he has run hundreds of camps with Nike 5meter Water Polo Camps.

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Genai got involved in water polo by accident, following the whistles to what he thought was a basketball game and ended up at the pool at the age of 15. He excelled at both water polo and basketball at Coronado High School and received a water polo scholarship to UC Irvine to play under Coach Ted Newland. Genai went on to become an NCAA All-American in 1998 and 1999 and was awarded Big West Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year his senior year. He went on to become the first African American to represent USA Water Polo in a major World Championship.

Genai remains active in his community and has become a great role model. He has been a US Ambassador for the USADA (U.S. Antidoping Agency) since 2003 promoting clean sports for young athletes. He was a founding faculty member of the Sage Hill School where he was the Dean of Students, taught art and physical education, and started the aquatic programs. Genai has also created several community outreach programs to help mentor children in lower income households. Recently he has collaborated with KidWorks, USA Water Polo Spashball, and various YMCA programs.

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USA National Team

  • 2012 US Open, Irvine, California, 1st Place – MVP
  • 2010 Volvo Cup, Hungary, 3rd place
  • 2009 FINA World Championships, Rome, Italy, 4th place
  • 2009 FINA World League Super Final, Podgorica, Montenegro, 4th place
  • 2007 FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany 5th place
  • 2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
  • 2007 FINA World Championships, Melbourne, Australia, 9th place
  • 2006 ASUA Cup, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st place
  • 2006 FINA World League Super Finals, Athens, Greece, 5th place
  • 2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, 7th place
  • 2003 FINA World League Super Finals, New York, NY, 3rd place
  • 2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
  • 2003 FINA World Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 6th place
  • 2003 U.S. Cup, Stanford, CA, United States, 2nd place
  • 2002 FINA World Cup, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 7th place
  • 2001 FINA World Championships, Fukuoka, Japan, 7th place
  • 2001 World Championships Qualifier, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1st place
  • 1998 First Appearance on the Men’s National Team, Long Beach, CA
  • 1995 Jr. North American Games, Calgary, Canada, 2nd place

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I am a devoted family man. I also love the lifestyle and sport of water polo. I share the vision of USA Water Polo’s mission statement, and dedicate my energy to the growth and success of our sport from the grassroots level of kids’ splashball clinics all the way up to FINA international camps.

Most of my life has been devoted to playing, coaching, mentoring and being an ambassador for the sport since high school. I after a successful college career as a scholar athlete, I had the amazing opportunity to represent USA Olympic Men’s Water Polo team for over a decade. While competing throughout the world, I made close friends with athletes from numerous countries. My relationships have molded me into the man that I am today.

When I started, I wanted to take what I’d learned about hard work, competitiveness, leadership, discipline, and focus; and share that with young student athletes to help them achieve their dreams. Kids now have the experience to train with Olympians and college coaches that help prepare them for the next level. We partnered with Nike US Sports Camps to bring water polo into the largest sports camp network in the world. We currently hold over 50 camps and clinics year round.

I continue to give back to our community by being an ambassador for the US Anti Doping Agency, where in addition to being a liaison for other Olympians, I speak to schools as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. I have partnered with KidWorks in Santa Ana to help provide educational and athletic resources for children. I have also have the opportunity to work with numerous YMCA’s and promote USA Water Polo programs they might not have been exposed to.

I complement my competitive drive with a devoted work ethic. I take pride in being able to motivate myself and others to overachieve.