16 & Under Boys
High School: Los Osos High School
Club he played for: Foothill Club Water Polo
Position he played: Utility
College: U.S. Air Force Academy, 2015
Biggest water polo achievements as a player: Winning first CIF title in high school history, 2012 WWPA Champions, Team Captain in 2015
Favorite free time activity: Building rockets! Former space operator in the U.S. Space Force. All things tech!
Favorite movie: Interstellar, Avengers
Favorite sports team: Los Angeles Rams
Dominic Vicino, the current 16U Boys Coach, brings a distinguished and multifaceted background to the realm of water polo, reflecting a career marked by excellence both in and out of the pool.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in 2015, Dominic’s early water polo journey began at Los Osos High School in 2007. As the team captain in 2010, he showcased his leadership contributing significantly to the team’s success. His outstanding performances earned him recognition as a 2x NISCA High School All-American and 2x USA Water Polo Academic All-American. Notably, in 2008, Dominic played a pivotal role in securing the CIF Championship, a historic achievement as the first-ever in the school’s history. He went onto become a four-time Baseline League Champion and left an enduring legacy in the school’s record books for goals, assists, ejections drawn, and steals, ranking in the Top 10 in all categories.
Continuing his academic and athletic pursuits, Dominic attended the United States Air Force Academy, where he not only excelled as a water polo player but also demonstrated his versatility by serving as a relief pitcher on the Air Force Baseball team. His accolades at the Air Force Academy include captaining the 2014 Air Force Water Polo team, earning a spot on the All-WWPA Team, and being a two-time WWPA All-Academic Team member. Notably, he contributed to the team’s success by reaching the WWPA Finals in 2013, achieving NCAA Finalist status in 2012, and securing the WWPA Championship in the same year.
Beyond his impressive athletic achievements, Dominic’s commitment to serving his country is evident in his role as a former Air Force and Space Force Officer. Notably, he played a pivotal role in launching USSF-8 and two top-secret satellites in 2021. His dedication to duty and heroism earned him the prestigious Airman’s Medal in 2018 for saving three lives, the highest non-combat award in the military. He is currently a Major serving in the U.S. Space Force Reserves.
Dominic’s wealth of experience as a player, coupled with his military background, adds a unique perspective to his coaching role. His journey from high school success to collegiate achievements and military service exemplifies a commitment to excellence that resonates both in and out of the pool.