HEAD COACH, DAMIR MATANOVIC
Coach Mata has spent his entire professional life focused on one thing and one thing only: being a top-level water polo coach. He studied under some of the best coaches the sport has to offer while coming up through a water polo school in Montenegro. Coach Mata has coached within professional club programs for most of his career, including time with Primorac-Kotor and in the professional women’s league in China. When he was not coaching professionally overseas, he was here in America as the first full-time coach of Tiger Water Polo Club.
Coach Mata has a truly special affection for Pittsburgh and an even greater appreciation for the Tiger Water Polo Club and its families. Outside of his hometown of Tivat in Montenegro, Pittsburgh and Tiger Water Polo are where he and his wife, Marijana, and their son, Konstantin, feel most at home.
ASSISTANT COACH, CORY RILEY
Coach Cory started playing water polo for our very own Tiger Water Polo Club when she was 10 years old in 2010. She was the starting goalie for the North Allegheny Girls team from her sophomore year on. Coach Cory's water polo career took her to Villanova University where she participated with their Division I team until the pandemic cut her third season short. She taught swim lessons at the Goldfish Swim School through 2021. Her water polo journey came full circle when Coach Cory returned to the Tiger Water Polo Club as a coach in March of 2022. She is currently attending classes at Slippery Rock to finish her degree in Civil Engineering. You can read more about Cory's time at Villanova here.