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Head of Athletics Richard Corso
Head of Athletics Richard Corso

Richard Corso, a native of Queens, NY, made his way back east from California after decades of coaching around the world. Prior to coming to Poly, Corso was the Athletic Director at the Westmark School in Encino, CA and also served as an assistant water polo coach at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, CA, whose team won the 2016 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship.

Corso’s career as a respected water polo coach spans more than 40 years. He was an assistant coach for the United States 1984 silver medal Olympic team and head coach of the 1996 USA Olympic Team. He also served as head coach of the Canadian National team, goalkeeper coach for the Japanese Olympic team, and head coach of the USA National Youth and Junior teams.

Corso has extensive collegiate experience as a men’s and women’s water polo coach. He coached at Stanford, Yale, UCLA, and the University of California, Berkeley. His teams have won NCAA, Pac 10, and team and individual championships. He has coached more than 29 All-Americans and 52 Olympians.

Corso also coached for 19 years at Harvard-Westlake School. His teams won 41 league championships and two CIF titles. Harvard-Westlake had 82 All-Americans during this tenure. Corso was a six-time CIF Coach of the Year and California Coach of the Year in 1992.

“The opportunity to work at one of New York City’s premier independent day schools, is a dream,” said Corso. “The Poly community fosters a special culture that values academics, arts, and athletic success.”

Corso swam and played water polo at Southern Connecticut State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from California State Northridge and a second master’s degree in sport and physical culture from Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Corso and his wife, Catherine, who is a retired teacher, reside in Bay Ridge.