Coaching staff

Marko Dzigurski


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 for St. Francis, Coach Marko 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.

Coach Marko is our Youth Head Coach and Splashball Coach. 

Michael Bergquist


  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.

Beth Bailey


 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, served as the Development coach for the 2019 USA Water Polo Girls ODP National Championships, and was on deck assisting at the USAWP Girls National Team Selection Camp in May, 2019. Coach Beth has been selected as an Olympic Development Program Coach again for the 2019-20 season.

In addition to coaching the high school team, Coach Beth formed the Gulf Girls Training Team to take girls from across Florida to tournaments, and is now on deck for Sarasota United. At the 2019 National Junior Olympics coach Beth took 2 teams, and the 14u girls won a Silver medal with 7 straight wins in the tournament. 

 Coach Beth is a USA Water Polo certified coach and a certified lifeguard. 

Jeff Bailey


Assistant Coach