Bret Lathrope
Bret Lathrope
Title: Head Coach
Year: 2nd at MIT
Previous College: UCLA '13
Bret Lathrope enters his second year as the head coach of the MIT water polo team in 2019 after leading the Engineers to their ninth CWPA Division III Eastern Championship title in his first season.

On top of guiding MIT to the CWPA Division III Eastern Championship in 2018, Lathrope was named as the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Coach of the Year and as the USA Water Polo Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished National Men's Coach of the Year. Lathrope guided the Engineers to their first-ever NWPC Tournament win and saw two of his student-athletes take home AWCPC All-America honors.

Prior to being appointed as the head coach for MIT, Lathrope served as an assistant coach with the Engineers in 2017. From 2015-17, Lathrope was 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.