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Minnis named CWPA Coach of the Year; Three Crimson Earn All-CWPA Honors

Minnis led his team to a winning season for the first time as a head coach (Photo Courtsey: Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis has been named the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association Coach of the Year. Ben Zepfel was named to the league's first team while Noah Harrison and Joey Colton earned second team honors, the conference announced Friday.

In his fourth year at the helm of the Harvard water polo program, Minnis saw the men's team capture its first conference title with an 11-1 mark and place second at the CWPA Northern Division Championships for the second time since 2004. The Crimson defeated then No. 14 St. Francis to snap an 11-year win streak at home for the Terriers.  It marked the first time Harvard downed St. Francis since 2002. Harvard breached the national ranking for the first time since 2002 and has remained ranked for the past eight weeks, the longest span in program history.

Zepfel ranks second on the team with 48 goals and fifth on the team with 22 steals.  He has also contributed nine assists for the squad. The Newport Beach, Calif., product has registered at least one goal in the past eight games including a seven-goal effort against Iona to post a new season and career high. Zepfel becomes the first athlete in program history to be named first team as both a freshman and sophomore and the third player to earn the honor in two consecutive seasons.

Harrison leads the Crimson offense with 65 goals while also contributing a team-high 62 steals.  The sophomore also ranks third with 25 assists.  The Huntington Beach, Calif., local has tallied a goal in all but three games this season and was named CWPA Player of the Week four times.

Colton, the lone rookie named to the second team, leads the Crimson with 51 assists while adding 42 goals and 40 steals this season. The Garden Grove, Calif., native earned three CWPA Rookie of the Week honors.

Harrison and Colton become the first Crimson athletes to be named to the second team since 2011 (Max Eliot '12 and Evan Zepfel '15).

Harvard returns to action tomorrow at CWPA Championships where the squad will take on the winner of Princeton and Iona Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.