Distinguished Men's Coaching Award (Elite): Luis Nicolao, Princeton University
- In his 14th season at the helm of the Princeton University
Men's Water Polo Team, Luis Nicolao led his squad to an Eastern Championship and a berth to the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Monte Nitzkowski is synonymous with men's water polo in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s serving as Head Coach of Men's Olympic Team in 1972, 1980, and 1984, leading Team USA to a bronze medal in 1972 and a silver medal in 1984.
Nitzkowski also served as an Assistant Coach with the 1968 and 2000 Men's Olympic Team.
Bill Barnett, an outstanding high school coach at Newport Harbor High School, with 10 CIF boys championships and four girls championships, initiated and coached the first USA Men's Junior National Team, then picked up where Nitzkowski left off in the 1980s, guiding the Men's program to a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games and a gold medal at the 1991 World Cup.