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.
New Sheikh Kafumba Konneh Foundation Distributes Food for RamadanBy Samuka V. KonnehNo matter how little it was, the late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, found a heart to share with others, irrespective of their religious, tribal or political affiliation. Many people who attended his funeral back in 2015 attested his kindness and peaceful nature in different forms. His goodness went beyond food.He would provide scholarships for the needy; food for the hungry; water for the thirsty; home for the homeless and money for the broke. Some family members would accuse him of looking more after people outside than those closer to him.Such was the man who led the National Muslim Council from 1999 to 2015 as chairman. He also served in different leadership roles for the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, mediating peace and harmony among political actors and warring factions. Virtually all his service to Liberia was around peace, reconciliation and harmony; from the National Reconciliation and Reunification Commission (NRRC) to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).Almost four years after his death, family and friends are working towards ensuring he’s never lost in the pages of history, and that what he stood for, remained alive.That is why the Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh Foundation for Peace has been established. Official launching is expected soon in Monrovia.Sheikh Kafumba Konneh Foundation shares Ramadan food items with a local mosque.But ahead of it all, the charity over the weekend relived one of The Sheikh’s histories – giving. Nine (9) mosques in Monrovia, including Topoe’s Village, Iron Factory, Black Jinnah, Chicken Farm, Duala, 17th Street, Salafiya, Gurley Street and Benson Street mosques received at least forty six bags of rice to ease the remaining ten days of the holy month of Ramadan.Making the presentation, the Foundation’s executive director, Maseba Konneh, described the donation as re-living her father’s aspiration for a better Liberia. Ms. Konneh, who recently relocated from the United States of America, promised to work diligently to keep her father’s dream alive.Receiving the donation, the chief imam of the Black Jinnah mosque, Ishmail Sessay, thanked the Foundation and said it couldn’t have come at a better time.“Alhamdullilah for this donation. Sheikh Kafumba lived his life to serve Liberia and promote Islam. He did that until he passed away. May Allah reward him. We’re really happy for his children and family to have put this Foundation together to serve Liberia. What these children are doing is what their father did all his life. These are the kind of children we pray for Allah to give us, as parents.”For the imam of the Topoe’s Village mosque, every day is a day to miss The Sheikh. “Whether you (Foundation) are here or not, we miss him every day. We miss him because of what he did for this country. Sheikh sacrificed his life for Liberia. May Allah forgive him and grant us an appropriate replacement,” said Imam Sulaiman Sannoh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – The late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh’s family is carrying on his legacy through a foundation established in his name.