Water Polo Coaches

Derek Ellingson, Head Coach

Coach Derek Ellingson is working with the Tigers' men's and women's water polo programs. Ellingson, an experienced and accomplished water polo coach and player, spent five years coaching at his alma mater, Queens, first as an assistant and then as the men's and women's head coach prior to joining the Princeton staff in the summer of 2004. Born in San Francisco, Ellingson was a high school All-America water polo player at Monte Vista before graduating in 1991. In his senior year, he also started coaching the high school girls' team that was league champion. Ellingson became the junior varsity swim coach at Monte Vista in 1992, when it won the league championship. Coach Ellingson received an associate's degree from Grossmont College in 1996 before attending Queens. He was a junior college All-America in 1995, when he led Grossmont to a second-place finish in the state championship. At Queens, Ellingson helped the 1996 squad win the Northern Division and finish second at Easterns. The following year, Queens finished first at both Northerns and Easterns and third at Nationals, marking the first time an East Coast team finished higher than fourth. That year Ellingson was named an All-America. Coach Ellingson began coaching at his alma mater in 1999 as an assistant and became the head coach in 2000. He was the women's New York Division Coach of the Year in his first year, when Queens won the New York Division championship and finished sixth at Easterns. On the men's side, Queens finished fourth at Easterns in 2000 and second in 2001, when it also won Northerns and Ellingson earned Northern Coach of the Year honors. The men had their best season the following year, winning championships at Northerns, ECACs and Easterns and finishing third at Nationals. Ellingson was named the 2002 Eastern Coach of the Year. That same year, Ellingson earned the Northeast Zone Elite Men's Coach of the Year award.


Momo Ivetic, Coach

Momir (Momo) Ivetic enters his fourth season with the Princeton men's and women's water polo teams. He has been part of three Eastern championship teams, one for the men (2011) and two for the women (2012, 2013). The Princeton men have captured one Southern title during that span (2011), while the women have won the Southern title on three occasions (2008, 2013, 2014). Picking up water polo at the age of five, Ivetic has enjoyed an accomplished competitive career, playing for Red Star (Belgrade, Serbia), Dynamo Moskva (Moscow, Russia), Yunost (Moscow, Russia), Partizan Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia) and Vracar (Belgrade, Serbia). Ivetic joined the Tigers after serving as the head coach for the Brigantine Green Heads on the South Jersey Shore. Founding the club, Ivetic was active in introducing the game to young aquatic enthusiasts.


Huw Helman, Coach

Huw has played water polo for fifteen years, he played for Tigers through middle school and high school. He represented Tigers in seven Junior Olympic Games, including a 4th place 18U Gold Division placing in 2015. Huw went on to play for a year at La Salle University before returning to Tigers to coach. Huw is now entering his 3rd season coaching PTAC, while also being a Northeast Zone ODP coach, and a volunteer assistant coach for the Princeton University Men's Water Polo team.