USC’s Kostas Genidounias Wins Peter J. Cutino Award
And in his senior stretch, Genidounias would go even bigger than ever before. Captain of a young Trojan roster in 2014, Genidounias helped USC defy the odds and ignore the predictions of a mediocre season. Shrugging off injury and focused wholly on success, Genidounias was near unstoppable in his efforts to help USC turn heads and power back into a 10th consecutive NCAA title match. His four goals — including the sudden-death winner — in the 2014 NCAA Semifinal victory over Stanford were all epic blasts. In the NCAA play-in game there previous weekend, Genidounias had officially locked his place as USC’s all-time leading scorer, and he just kept adding to the count in his final games. The Trojans would come up just short of the national championship this year, taking second place with a one-goal loss, but Genidounias’ impact on the USC program still shines through. His 82 goals scored in his senior year is the second most ever by a Trojan in a single season. And his 261 career goals sets a new record at Troy.
Genidounias also was named National Player of the Year in his senior season while collecting his fourth set of All-American honors. He also was the 2014 MPSF Player of the Year, a three-time member of the NCAA All-Tournament First Team, a three-time All-MPSF First Team selection, and was named the 2014 MPSF Tournament MVP to notch his third pick to an MPSF All-Tournament Team. Genidounias also was a finalist for the Cutino Award last year as a junior.
Joining Genidounias as the male finalists for this year’s Cutino Award were Bret Bonnani and Alex Bowen of Stanford.
The Cutino Award is given annually in honor of the late Peter J. Cutino, the former University of California Berkeley and The Olympic Club coach, who passed away in September 2004. Mr. Cutino is in the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame. He won “Water Polo Coach of the Year” 17 times. He led UC Berkeley to eight NCAA National Championships. In his career Mr. Cutino also coached in the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games, the Water Polo World Championships and the World University Games.
All-time Peter J. Cutino Award winners:
1999 – Bernice Orwig (USC)
2000 – Aniko Pelle (USC) & Sean Kern (UCLA)
2001 – Coralie Simmons (UCLA) & Sean Kern (UCLA)
2002 – Brenda Villa (Stanford) & Tony Azevedo (Stanford)
2003 – Jackie Frank (Stanford) & Tony Azevedo (Stanford)
2004 – Moriah Van Norman (USC) & Tony Azevedo (Stanford)
2005 – Natalie Golda (UCLA) & Tony Azevedo (Stanford)
2006 – Lauren Wenger (USC) & Juraj Zatovic (USC)
2007 – Kelly Rulon (UCLA) & John Mann (Cal)
2008 – Courtney Mathewson (UCLA) & Tim Hutten (UC Irvine)
2009 – Kami Craig (USC) & J.W. Krumpholz (USC)
2010 – Kami Craig (USC) & J.W. Krumpholz (USC)
2011 – Annika Dries (Stanford) & Ivan Rackov (California)
2012 – Kiley Neushel (Stanford) & Joel Dennerley (USC)
2013 – Melissa Seidemann (Stanford) & Balazs Erdelyi (Pacific)
2014 – Annika Dries (Stanford) & Balazs Erdelyi (Pacific)
2015 – Kiley Neushel (Stanford) & Kostas Genidounias (USC)
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