Bret Lathrope enters his first year as the head coach of the MIT water polo team in 2018 after being appointed to the position on March 27, 2018. Lathrope served as an assistant coach with the MIT program for the 2017 season as he joined the Engineers after two years as an assistant coach with the Bucknell University men's and women's water polo teams. The former UCLA standout was also previously an assistant coach at UC Davis and played professionally in Spain.
A former member of the Junior National Team, National B Team, Polo National 20-and-Under Team, National Cadet Team and National Development Team, Lathrope was a four-year member of the UCLA squad that made three national championship game appearances during his tenure. Lathrope scored 56 goals in his career, including a career-high 19 as a junior in 2011.
A 6’4” attacker who attended Miramonte High School in Moraga, California, Lathrope played professionally for Agrupacio Esportiva Santa Eulalia in Barcelona, Spain, in spring 2015.
Lathrope, who graduated from UCLA in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in history, got his start in the coaching profession by serving as a coach of the Lamorinda Water Polo Club Boys 16-and-under team from December 2013 to August 2014. He then served as an assistant with the UC Davis men’s program last fall, helping the Aggies to a third-place finish in the Western Water Polo Association.