Curtis is a rising senior majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in Human Physiology. He was a member of Boston University’s Division I rowing team for 2 years and will be apart of Boston University’s Divison I swimming team in the upcoming year. Curtis has been playing water polo since highschool and is notorious for unorthodox backhands from anywhere in the pool.
Chris is a rising senior in Sargent College studying Human Physiology. Playing polo since high school, Chris has played for BU men’s polo team since freshman year and is the teams handy leftie.
Ron Glandian is a rising Junior and is studying Environmental Science. He first started playing water polo with his city team, the Glendale Polo Bears, at the age of 11, and has been playing the goalie position in water polo ever since. In high school, he was the defensive captain and was named All-League and All-CIF for water polo. He knows little to nothing about offense.
Zach Shufran coached the Boston University Men’s Water Polo team 2007-2010 and helped build the club from a handful of scrappy guys to a legitimate club team in the New England area. Shufran previously coached the men’s and women’s club teams at Syracuse University. Coach Shufran earned a B.A. from Syracuse University with majors in English Education, English & Textual Studies, and Spanish and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He is a 6th grade teacher at the Winter Hill Community School in the Somerville Public Schools.
Phil is the founding father of the club. In high school he played for Theodore Roosevelt HS and the Des Moines area community team. He was inspired to found the current club after a dream in which he was gifted a water polo ball by an aborigine.
Phil graduated in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a double concentration in Marketing and Finance and a minor in Economics. He received the “Outstanding” All-Academic Award from the CWPA for the 2007 season.
On Saturday May 12, 2012, Austin Brashears lost his life in a tragic car accident that took the lives of two other Boston University students and left five others hospitalized. Austin and his friends had been studying abroad in New Zealand at the time and were driving to visit the Tongariro Crossing, known for being the site of the filming of the Mount Doom scene in the Lord of the Rings.
Austin, a native of Huntington Beach, California, was
studying mechanical engineering and minoring in energy technologies and environmental engineering. Besides being President and Captain of the Men’s Water Polo team, Austin was also a 2011 Orientation Student Advisor as well as a leader in the College of Engineering community. We will remember Austin not only as the fiercest and hardestworking competitor to ever don a BU Men’s Polo speedo, but
also as a kind, light-hearted, and extremely intelligent friend who loved life and lived it to the fullest.