Todd Clapper’s mission to push Arizona State water polo to new heights

Todd Clapper grew up with three older brothers in central Pennsylvania. The Clapper boys were competitive, playing against each other in all kinds of sports. Water polo, however, was hardly one of them.

“I had no idea that I would even play water polo and then it turned into a whole career,” Clapper said.

Today, Clapper, 48, is at the helm of one of the top women’s polo programs in the country, leading the Arizona State Sun Devils to two NCAA appearances and perennial placements in the national top-10 rankings. He has compiled a 177-82 record since 2012, including a program-record 26-win season in 2013.

An eagerness to try new things, a strong sense of ambition and a willingness to start from the bottom paved the way for Clapper’s journey from someone who knew very little about water polo to the Sun Devils’ leader today.

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