In the summer of 2001, Arizona State University welcomed women's water polo to its list of varsity sports, and welcomed Vicki Gorman to lead the way.
Named ASU's first women's water polo head coach July 31, 2001, Gorman led the Sun Devils to a 10-17 record in their first vasity season. She followed that up with an impressive 20-18 campaign in 2003 that saw ASU earn a spot in the national rankings for the first time in program history. In the rankings for 12 of 15 weeks, the Sun Devils topped out at No. 18 and ended the season as the 19th-ranked squad in Division I.
Gorman came to the Valley of the Sun after four years at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. A small school playing amongst the giants of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Pacific went 30-89 over Gorman's tenure, including a 9-23 effort in her final season with the Tigers.
Although the Sun Devils are not scheduled to join the MPSF until 2004, Gorman is in the familiar position of trying to develop an upstart program into a team that can compete amongst the best teams in the nation.
Prior to her stay at Pacific, Gorman was the head coach of the club squad at Villanova University from 1995-97, ending her reign there just before the Wildcats earned varsity status in 1998. Also during that span, Gorman acted as an assistant coach for the men's varsity team.
Gorman graduated with a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University in 1993, double-majoring in English and philosophy. A four-year member of Bucknell's varsity swimming team, Gorman also played for the Bison club water polo team. She went on to earn a secondary education certificate from the state of Pennsylvania at Eastern College (1994-96).
In addition to her coaching experience at the collegiate level, Gorman operated as the president and head coach of the Big Valley Water Polo Club in Stockton from 1998-2001. In 2000, her 18-and-under girls team qualified and competed in the U.S. Water Polo Junior National Championships.
Voting as an athletic representative on the Board of Directors for U.S. Water Polo from 1990-2001, Gorman also twice operated as a press correspondent for the organization, both at the 1995 Men's FINA Championships and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
In her playing days, Gorman was a member of the Senior National Team from 1989-1995, after spending the two years previous with the Junior National Team. As recently as 1999, Gorman competed with the Davis Water Polo Club, which won the Hawaiian Invitational title that year. In May of 2001, Gorman competed with the Davis team in the first-ever Women's Bracket at the USWP Masters National Tournament, placing second.
Gorman is a native of Annapolis, Maryland.
Arizona State Under Gorman
2002 - 10-17 overall (independent)
2003 - 20-18 overall (independent)
ASU will join the MPSF for the 2004 season