STATE men’s water polo coach Paul Oberman has been named the WAIS Coach of the year for the second time.
The Trigg resident said he was ecstatic to win the award, three years after picking up the same accolade in 2014.
“It was a pleasing result for a year of hard work,” he said.
“I put it down to hard work and my passion.”
Mr Oberman helped guide six WA athletes to making the Australian Sharks team at the World Championships in July, where Australia recorded its best result since 2003, and was there in his role as national assistant head coach.
His WAIS squad also produced five athletes on the Australian team that competed at the Junior Water Polo World Championships in Serbia.
He described it as a “very busy” but successful year.
“We’ve really achieved goals, the boys have worked very hard,” he said.
“I don’t work for the individual accolades and awards, it’s all about the boys.”
The national and state leagues kick off early next year and his players will be working towards several major competitions, including the World Cup in August, but their main focus is the Olympics.
Mr Oberman had his own successful playing career before becoming a coach.
He said his role was also as a mentor and believed it was his job to help players be their best.
“I’m pretty much everything; I’m the face that they see daily,” he said.
“It’s very exciting for WA water polo, there’s a lot of good kids that we have.
“I’m just there to mould them and make them be their best and create the best possible athlete.”