Meet the Coaches

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ADAM FOLEY

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MADDIE BUTLER

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PETER SABBATINI

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SETH FREEDMAN

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LILAH AL MASRI

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ADAM FOLEY

NAVY AC HEAD COACH

18U BOYS | 18U GIRLS

Adam Foley was born in Alaska and grew up in Oregon.  He is the son of two school teachers and was a competitive swimmer since age 5.  As a freshmen in High School Water Polo came into his life and he was hooked.

In college Adam was a two sport All-American, and through his athletic experience made lifelong friends.

After college he went abroad, first working and living in Palau (a small island nation in the Pacific) and then India for a year. From there he moved to Boston, where he started coaching at MIT while pursuing a masters degree.

After living in Boston for 4 years, Adam moved to Trinidad and Tobago, to be their Technical Director of Water Polo Development. After a few years working in Trinidad and Tobago, he returned back stateside, landing in the DMV and coaching at Johns Hopkins first, and then later head coaching at George Washington University.

He stepped away from coaching for a few years to work in the mental health field, and eventually returned to water polo, this time as an assistant coach at University of the Pacific.

Adam has two kids: daughter Neil is 13 and  son Jennings is 10.  He hope to get them involved in the NAVY AC program shortly.

He joined the NAVY AC Water Polo program as head coach in February 2023.

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MADASONNE BUTLER

CENTER COACH | 16U TEAM

All her life Maddie has been focused athletically around water. Her mother was a swimmer in college and ensured Maddie and her sister followed the same path. By the age of eleven Maddie discovered water polo, a sport that she has been committed to for over a decade.

As a young player, Maddie joined the Olympic Development Program for the California Central Zone while also competing at the Varsity level in high school. During this time, she was selected to attend the National Team Selection Camp from years 2011-2016.  In  2016 she was selected to the 16U Cadet National Team. She trained with the best coaches and age group players around the country and learned an incredible amount about water polo.

Maddie continued her water polo career at California State University, Northridge’s Division 1 Water Polo Program. During her first three years on the team she was able to contribute significantly to our programs’ success, playing center position and scoring 12 goals and 28 ejections drawn freshman year, 20 goals and 35 ejections drawn sophomore year, and 34 goals with a team high 77 ejections drawn junior year. Covid impacted the program her senior year as the season was shorted and then canceled due to the pandemic. During her time at California State University, Northridge she received the Team Spirit Award (2018) and set two team records in Goal Percentage and Kick Outs Drawn. Maddie was also named All American Honorable Mention (2020) by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC).

Upon graduating from California State University, Northridge in 2020, Maddie earned a bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies and Elementary Education. She went on to earn a Dual master’s degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from Gallaudet University in 2022. Currently, she is a high school teacher working in Montgomery County with deaf students.

Through her experiences within the water, she has learned how to connect to and coach young players who are currently in the process of what she experienced all those years ago. Her new goals include teaching young athletes how to love and appreciate the sport that has given her everything she has today.

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PETER SABBATINI

GOALIE COACH | 14U TEAM

Peter Sabbatini returns to Annapolis, MD to assist coaching his alma mater club water polo program.  As a four year varsity letter winner at Princeton University and under the head coach leadership of Luis Nicolao, Peter was a member of the water polo program that helped solidify Princeton as an East Coast powerhouse and helped lead the team to its second NCAA Final Four Tournament appearance in 2004.  Over the course of his collegiate career as Princeton’s goalie, Peter garnered multiple accolades: ECAC Championship Most Valuable Player (2003), CWPA Southern Player of the Year (2003), First-Team All Southern (2003, 2004), Second-Team All Southern (2002), CWPA Eastern Most Valuable Player (2004), First-Team All-Eastern Tournament Team (2003, 2004), Second-Team All-NCAA Tournament Team (2004), and All-America (Third-Team, 2003; Second-Team, 2004).

 

Outside of Princeton water polo, Peter was a member of the National Youth Team (2001), National Junior Team (2000, 2003) and trained with the National A Team (April 2006 to December 2007), which provided him with the opportunities of training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO (1998, 2006), training internationally (Canada, Venezuela, Romania, Yugoslavia, Greece and Italy) and competing in international tournaments such as NORAMS (1999), Junior Pan-American Championships (2000, earning Co-MVP Tournament Goalie), and the Junior World Championships (2003). Peter is excited about returning and giving back to the program that provided him the opportunities to develop his talents and to gain his athletic experiences and success.

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SETH FREEDMAN

COACH 12U TEAM 

Seth was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he swam and played competitive water polo throughout middle and high school. He led his high school team, La Cueva High School, to victory in the 2006 and 2007 New Mexico State Water Polo championships and was selected for the state Most Valuable Player award both years. As a club water polo player he traveled throughout the west coast area to play in USAWP tournaments. He also participated in multiple Zone tournaments as a representative of the Mountain Zone.

 

After high school Seth enlisted in the Marines and served for one year before being selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated in 2012 and returned to the Marine Corps where he served on active duty for ten years. Seth and his family recently relocated to Annapolis, Maryland where he works as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and continues to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

 

Over the years, Seth has maintained his passion for both swimming and water polo and frequently participates in masters level events.

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LILAH AL MASRI

COACH 12U TEAM 

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