– all-rounder to Captain St. Lucia Zouks TWO-time West Indies T20 World Cup winning Captain, Daren Sammy will return to action this summer as captain of the St. Lucia Zouks for the 2020 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Sammy recently just finished a coaching stint in Pakistan and he will be back in his playing shirt this season.The all-rounder will lead his home franchise once again as he’s been part of the St. Lucia Zouks franchise since the inception of CPL in 2013.A release from CPL on Tuesday stated that head Coach also Andy Flower weighed in on Sammy’s appointment saying: “I can’t wait to work closely with Daren and for the island of St. Lucia.“I worked with Daren five years ago when he captained the Peshawar team in the Pakistan Super League and we thoroughly enjoyed our ti nme together. I know how passionate he is about his island and it’s cricket and we will do everything within our power to bring fun, entertainment, and success to St. Lucia.” said the former Zimbabwe skipper.Sammy also outlined in the release that he was excited to be retained by the Zouks and to be captaining this year.“The franchise is dear to my heart and this year I am honored to lead the franchise one more time. Playing at home with passionate fans and the calibre of players I anticipate will be retained, I expect to bring silverware to St. Lucia”.“St. Lucia Zouks is well on its way in securing its team of players and looks forward to a successful year of cricket in St. Lucia.” Sammy ended.The CPL is scheduled to take place between 19 August and 26 September but the tournament organisers are currently watching the current situation with COVID-19 closely and are liaising with medical advisors and governments.
Women’s and men’s head water polo coach Jovan Vavic has announced that long-time assistant Marko Pintaric will join him at the helm of the men’s program as co-head coach. Pintaric was previously the associate head coach for the men’s program as well as scouting director for the women’s side of the program. He will retain his position for the Women of Troy while moving up for the men. Pintaric has been a coach for USC for 15 years, all serving under his former coach, Vavic. “Pinta has been an integral part of our program as a player and now as a coach,” Vavic said in a press release. “He has developed some of the best goalies in NCAA history, and his energy, knowledge and innovative mind has brought a great deal of excitement to our team.” As a coach, Pintaric has been a part of eight men’s national championships as well as three national championships on the women’s side. Pintaric has specialized in goalie development, having coached four Trojans who represented their respective nations in goals during the 2012 Olympics. As a player, he was a two-year starter in 1997 and 1998. Pintaric was a pivotal player during the 1998 national championship run, scoring 44 goals that season. That year, Pintaric was also awarded National Player of the Year and was a first team All-American. Outside of USC, Pintaric has also joined Vavic as an interim coach for the men’s national team, leading the team to World Championship qualification at the 2013 World Aquatic Championship Qualification Tournament. The Croatian native graduated with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in communications at USC. “Pinta is loyal, committed, hard-working and an unselfish young coach,” Vavic said. ”USC water polo would never be what it is today without Pinta’s great contributions. I am thrilled that he has accepted this new position and am looking forward to many more great years together.” The Men of Troy are coming off a season in which they fell to UCLA in the NCAA Championship game.