About Wolf

A three-time Olympian and former captain of the USA Water Polo Men’s National Team, Wolf Wigo made a return to the Olympics in 2008, serving as a water polo analyst at the Beijing Games for NBC.

Wigo has been serving as head coach of the UC Santa Barbara men’s water polo program since 2005. Last season, in his third year at the helm of the Gaucho program, Wigo took a team that had finished last in the MPSF in 2005 and led them to a fifth place finish in both the regular season and the conference tournament.

In 2006, UCSB was ranked sixth in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Coaches Poll, its best finish since 1994. Wigo also coached three players to All-MPSF Honors and Ross Sinclair became the first player he has coached to earn collegiate All-American honors. In 2005, Wigo’s first season as a collegiate head coach, the Gauchos finished the season with an overall record of 13-17 and tied 13th in the CWPA Top-20 Coaches’ Poll.

Prior to his arrival at UCSB, Wigo spent two years as head coach and administrator of the Saddleback El Toro Water Polo Club in Orange County, Calif. Wigo oversaw all aspects of the organization, including fundraising, scheduling and supervision of seven assistant coaches. Wigo also served many of the same functions as the director of Ultimate Water Polo’s “Tools of Champions” clinics, a position he held since 1999.

Wigo also conceived, produced and appeared in numerous water polo instructional videos.

In addition, Wigo gained four years of experience outside the pool as an equity option trader with Cole Rossler Capital Management, working on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange from 1997 to 2001.

While Wigo was working to further his coaching and business aspirations, he concurrently established himself as one of the world’s premiere water polo players as an 11-year member of Team USA. In 1993, Wigo joined the nation’s elite squad and in 1996 he became the first player hailing from east of the Rockies to make the US Olympic water polo team since 1956. Wigo competed in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

After scoring a team-leading 16 goals during the 2000 games in Sydney, Wigo was named to the five-player All-World First Team by NBC Sports and USA Water Polo, making him a finalist for World Water Polo Player of the Year. He completed his tenure with the national squad in 2004 by serving as Team USA’s captain in Athens. Selected as USA Water Polo’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2003, Wigo also helped the Americans win gold at the 1997 FINA World Championships.

Wigo’s collegiate career at Stanford University was nearly as distinguished. He earned All-American honors four straight years and led the Cardinal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1993 and 1994. As a senior captain, Wigo was named Stanford’s Outstanding Male Senior Athlete and NCAA Player of the Year. In 2008, Wigo was named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s 15th Anniversary First Team. The teams consisted of the best collegiate water polo players to have played in the conference and were selected by current coaches.

After earning his B.A. in political science from Stanford in 1995, Wigo spent the next two seasons as a graduate assistant coach on “The Farm” under the legendary Dante Dettamanti. He returned to help the Cardinal as a full-time assistant in 2001 when Stanford captured another NCAA championship.

In addition to his coaching duties at UC Santa Barbara, Wigo also coaches for the Santa Barbara Water Polo Club. Wigo is still active in USA Water Polo’s Premier League. He has led the team in scoring in each of the past two years while playing for his hometown team, New York Athletic Club.

The New York City native resides in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his wife, Barbara, and two daughters, Athena and Deveraux.