Water Polo

The Hotchkiss School Boys Water Polo



Hotchkiss Water Polo’s success will come from a culture of hard work, dedication, and camaraderie cultivating mature and accomplished student athletes and a unified, collaborative team.

Our players must be committed and passionate leaders who seek excellence in each of their endeavors, academically, athletically, and personally.  They set the example for others through their character, sportsmanship, and ownership of actions.

-- Kurt Hinck '08, Head Coach, Varsity Water Polo


The boys water polo program has a strong tradition of success, including multiple trips to the Liquid Four. The team finished runner-up at the tournament in 2005.


Hixon Pool is a water polo facility.  A ten-lane, multi-purpose pool, it is one of the only true deep, deep water polo facilities in New England.

It boasts exceptional deck space and lighting, as well as a large, attractive grandstand for spectators. We are continually selected to host the Liquid Four tournament, which the pool and the program capably handle with grace.

Coaching Staff


Head Coach Kurt Hinck
Phone: 860-435-3287
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Coach Hinck has been involved with the Hotchkiss water polo program and community for more than 15 years.  He first joined the team as a player in 2003, learning the game under coach Tom Donley, and enjoying the success of two consecutive Liquid Fours in his upper mid and senior years.  After graduating from Hotchkiss in 2008, he became a member of the Gettysburg College club team from 2008-2012. He earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College.  After Gettysburg he was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps, spending four years as an engineer officer and as an instructor for water survival. He returned to the Hotchkiss community to coach the team in the fall of 2018.


Assistant Coach Carita Gardiner
Phone: 860-435-4406
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Assistant Coach Katie Fleishman
Phone: 860-435-3765
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Notable Alumni

Henry Blackford '06 -- Williams
Kurt Hinck '08 -- Gettysburg
Miles Radcliffe-Trenner '08 -- St. Andrew's
Nick Tropin '08 -- Dartmouth
Tom Youngblood ‘09 -- Hamilton College
Christian Sherrill ‘09 -- Dartmouth
Julian Happy '12 -- Navy
Alex Eckstein '13 -- Harvard
Frankie Brown '14 -- Wesleyan
Daniel Burford '15 -- George Washington
Winslow Radcliffe-Trenner '15 -- Georgetown
William White '16 -- Indiana
Egor Cherenkov '17 -- Cornell

All Teams

Prospective Athletes

Interested in playing for Hotchkiss? Our coaches would love to hear from you.

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