Scott Schulte – Executive Director, CT Premier Water Polo Club, NYAC Men’s Head Coach
Scott brings his lifelong experience as a player, coach, and business professional to his role as Executive Director at CT Premier Water Polo Club. Scott started as a swimmer and water polo player at Montclair Kimberly Academy (MKA) in Montclair, NJ, where he was an All-American water polo player. He continued his academic and athletic pursuits at Bucknell University, where he led the Bison water polo team to 4 Eastern Championships and 4 NCAA tournament appearances, as well as being a 2-time Second Team All-American. During that time, he set the record for the most goals at NCAA tournaments (50) and set the all-time leading NCAA career scoring record (586 goals), records that still stand today.
At the national level, Scott was a member of the USA Water Polo Junior and Senior National teams from 1978 to 1983. He represented the USA at the World University Games (1981) where his team won the silver medal. He represented the EAST at 9 U.S. Olympic Festivals and is a 12-time First Team All-American and 6-time MVP at Indoor Nationals. He has been honored as an inductee into the MKA, NY Athletic Club (NYAC), Bucknell, Collegiate Water Polo Association, and USA Water Polo halls of fame.
Scott continued his involvement in water polo after his playing career as Head Coach of the NYAC Men’s team for 20 years, where his teams have won 14 Senior National Championships, five Fischer Cup Championships, and two National League Championships. He has coached numerous Olympians including Tony Azevedo, Adam Wright, Merrill Moses, John Mann, Jesse Smith, and Layne Baubien.
Professionally, Scott has spent 37 years in the finance industry and is the Founder/Principal of MFS Capital Advisors. He lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife Lisa and their daughter Madison. His three older children, Taylor, Devan, and Logan, all played varsity sports in college. Scott is a member of the USAWP NE Zone Board and is excited to take on the challenge of coaching age group water polo athletes and developing a new east coast water polo powerhouse.
Dan Young – Coach
Dan comes to us from across the pond where he started his water polo career in Australia. His passion and love for the sport evolved as he played at the state, national and then international level, playing for Australia between 2007-2013. He also played professionally for ‘Club Natacio Barcelona’ in Spain.
After hanging up the water polo cap, he made the transition to strength & conditioning coach, pursuing another passion in helping the youth and junior athletes unlock their physical potential. He started his own coaching business in 2016 called YOUNG Training as has been working with junior athletes from a multitude of different sports and backgrounds.
Since moving to NYC with his wife in 2021. He has found his way back to the world of water polo, playing with the NYAC Men’s team and coaching CT Premier’s 16U Boys team. Inside his business, his mission is to make high quality strength & conditioning or ‘dry land’ programs available to water polo players who usually don’t get the same resource that other, ‘more mainstream’ sports do.
Paul Ramaley – Coach
Paul has been involved with water polo as a player and coach for over 20 years. Starting out as a summer club player, Paul continued his career at Greenwich High School (GHS) where he was a Captain and All-American his senior year. After high school, Paul played at Johns Hopkins University, where he was a four-year starter and two-year Captain. After college, Paul started coaching at GHS under Terry Lowe before becoming the Head Boys HS and Club Coach at The Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL. Upon returning to CT, Paul held various coaching positions at GHS and Greenwich Water Polo. Since 2013, Paul has been the Director and Head Coach at Chelsea Piers Water Polo. He is excited to see the club re-establish itself independently under Scott’s leadership and continue coaching age group athletes and promoting water polo in the Northeast.
Sam Bass – Coach
Sam got his start playing for Coach Jimmy Ramaley at the Roxbury Club before starting in the GWP House League in middle school. Sam was an integral part of one of the best classes in Greenwich High School history, and was one of the first players to train full time with Chelsea Piers. Sam participated in two Junior Olympics trips in the 18U division and started coaching at Chelsea Piers Water Polo the following summer during his break from Bates College. Sam has been coaching youth teams for the past four years, focusing on the 12U and 14U age groups. He has been an active coach in the FCSL starting at the Tokeneke Club in 2017 and moving to the Rocky Point Club for the past three summers. In addition to his coaching work in the FCSL and at Chelsea Piers, Sam has also been the GHS Boys Assistant Coach for the past two years.
Danilo Siera-Giraldo – Coach
Danilo started playing water polo at 12 years old for Club Belen, one of the best clubs in South America, and for the swimming league of Antioquia (a Colombian state). At 15, he was selected to play for the State of Antioquia 16U youth team which he played on for two years.
In 2010, Danilo moved to the United States and at that time there were not many opportunities to play water polo. His passion for the sport led him to coaching, he always wanted others to feel the same passion, joy and freedom that he felt when playing with his teammates.
Danilo started coaching at Staples High School (Westport CT), in the spring of 2014 with the Girls Water Polo Team, and in the fall took on coaching responsibilities for the Boys Team, head coaching positions he still holds. He continues to play water polo at the Masters level.
Danilo says “I am very excited to join the CT Premier Water Polo community. I’m always looking for ways to make the kids improve at the game while still enjoying the sport. I always try to share my knowledge and experience as a player, coach, and as a person so that they can feel the same passion that I have for this great sport. I feel proud knowing that I will have the opportunity to share my experiences, expand the popularity of water polo, and make young people have fun in a healthy and safe atmosphere.”