Coaching staff

Beth Bailey

Marko Dzigurski

Marko Dzigurski

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 Coach Beth began her coaching career in 1989 coaching club and high school swimming and diving in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She transitioned to water polo in 2016 as the first Girls Water Polo coach at Venice High School.  She has attended numerous coaching camps including USA Water Polo’s Olympic Development Coaching Winter Camp at the Olympic Training Center, was on deck assisting at the USAWP Girls National Team Selection Camp in May, 2019, and serves as a USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program Head Coach for the Southeast Zone.


Coach Beth is now on deck for Sarasota United. She took 2 teams to the the 2019 National Junior Olympics, and the 14u girls won a Silver medal with 7 straight wins in the tournament. Since then she has taken teams to numerous local and regional tournaments, and 8 of her athletes were selected to ODP Regional Teams in 2020.


 Coach Beth is a USA Water Polo certified coach and a certified lifeguard, and is head coach for Sarasota United.

Marko Dzigurski

Marko Dzigurski

Marko Dzigurski

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Coach Marko has coached at multiple levels throughout his career.  Recently Marko coached club water polo in his native Serbia for Pvk Becej club.  Prior to this Marko coached the Women’s Water Polo at St. Francis College (Brooklyn, NY).  While playing D-1 water polo for St. Francis, Dzigurski led the team to their first winning season and helped lead the team to their best conference finish.


Prior to coaching at St. Francis, Coach Marko played for the Terriers where he started all four years and earned All-Conference Player and Academic All Conference accolades.  He also earned CWPA All Academic recognition his senior year and played in the NCAA Water Polo Final Four in 2010, 2012, and 2013.  He also co-captained the 2013 team.  Prior to playing for St. Francis, Coach Marko played for numerous clubs in Serbia where he was a member of Serbia’s top ranked junior national team.


Coach Marko is a USA Water Polo certified coach and a certified lifeguard., and coaches age group and plays on the Sarasota United Masters Team, and also coaches at Venice High School.

Michael Bergquist

Michael Bergquist

Michael Bergquist

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  Coach Mike has 25 years of experience in water polo as well as 10 years of experience as a water polo referee and 25 years as a US Masters swimmer. He has participated in numerous international tournaments (FINA and Pan Am), national tournaments (USAWP), and masters water polo weekend camps, and over 100 regional and local water polo tournaments. Coach Mike served as an Illinois High School (IHSA) referee for 10 years, officiating 1000+ high school contests and as Varsity boys head coach at Venice High School for the 2019 season.


Coach Mike is a  USAWP certified coach and referee , and is also a US Master Swimming certified adult learn to swim instructor and stroke and turn judge. He is a certified lifeguard. 


Coach Mike is our Masters Coach, and also coaches at Venice HS.

Jeff Bailey

Michael Bergquist

Michael Bergquist

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Assistant Coach