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Damon Newman
Damon  Newman

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Iona ('01)


Wildcats Clinch MAAC Postseason Berth

Villanova qualifies for championship for third straight season


Villanova Wins On Buzzer-Beater over Siena

Wildcats go 2-2 in Loudonville, N.Y.


Conrath Named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week

Sophomore goalkeeper made 30 total saves last week


Coast To Coast

Hawaiian Duo Makes Splash, Turns to Sophomore Year


Coast To Coast

Hawaiian Duo Makes Splash, Turns to Sophomore Year


Water Polo 2012

MAAC Consolation Game vs. Marist 4/29 McCann Natatorium

Damon Newman enters his tenth season with Villanova in 2014.

Newman and the women's water polo team clinched a MAAC tournament berth during the 2012 season for the first time since the 2007 campaign. The team held an 8-18 mark heading into MAAC Championships as the final fourth seed and dropped to No. 20 Iona in the semifinal match, 15-6. Under the instruction of Newman, Junior Hannah Ishida collected First Team All-MAAC accolades as well as MAAC All-Tournament honors.

In 2009, Newman coached junior Kathleen Maloney to the Second Team All-MAAC for her performances over the course of the season. Maloney also proved to be a force in the classroom as well, and was selected to the 2009 MAAC Academic Honor Roll.

2008 proved to be a successful one for individual honors, with Carla Martinez earning a Preseason All-MAAC Team mention and First Team All-MAAC Honors at the conclusion of conference play for the third consecutive year. After losing five letterwinners from the previous season, Newman coached a team of seven underclassmen to a 3-24 overall record for the year.

Finishing with a 7-15 record in 2007 and clinching a spot in the four-team MAAC playoffs, Newman guided the Wildcats to the semi-finals of the tournament before falling to Marist, 8-3, in the matchup. Carla Martinez garnered First Team All-MAAC accolades for her outstanding offensive performances over the course of the season, tallying 39 goals, 32 assists and 71 total points.

During the 2006 season, Newman coached the league's top offensive player in Kim Pare. As a senior, Pare was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and a first team All-MAAC performer. Villanova made tournament appearances at Princeton and the ECAC Championship in 2006 and earned a win over Gannon in the opening game of the ECAC tournament.

In his first season with the program, Newman took over a team that had lost three key letterwinners from the previous season and guided Villanova to a third-place finish at the MAAC Tournament last spring. After posting a 5-5 record against conference opponents during the regular season, the Wildcats defeated Iona 9-8 in the consolation game of the conference tournament.

Prior to his arrival on the Main Line, Newman spent four seasons as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's water polo teams at Iona College. The women's team won 49 games over his final three seasons and captured the 2003 MAAC championship. The Gaels went 19-6 during the 2003 season, posted a 5-0 record against conference opponents and were ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation. Iona also posted a 14-9 record and third-place conference finish in 2005.

In addition to his duties at Iona, Newman spent two seasons as the head coach of the water polo and swimming teams at Wilton High School. He also worked at the Wilton YMCA and has over 15 years of experience as a water polo player and coach.

As a collegiate player, Newman starred at Iona and was a four-year letterwinner who served as the team's primary two-meter defender. He became just the second person in team history to be a three-time team captain. Newman finished his career ranked second on the school's all-time list with 115 kick-outs and also emerged as a leading offensive player. Despite being known for his defensive skills, Newman was ranked 30th in team history with 142 career points after scoring 68 goals and accumulating 74 assists.

Newman graduated from Iona in 2001 with a degree in Criminal Justice. After his graduation he was actively involved with the U.S. Water Polo Hudson Valley team. Newman has competed in the Junior Olympics, Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Newman was a member of Villanova men's water polo coach Dan Sharidan's Young Athletes of America program. He grew up in Lower Gwynedd and was an all-state water polo player at Wissahickon High School. Newman currently resides in Lower Gwynedd, Pa.