Wednesday 11th January.
Even though many of its Senior Squad were still away on holiday, those that were in Auckland, met along with the Marist Committee, to welcome the clubs new Head Coach Gholamreza (Reza) Soleimane.
Reza arrives in New Zealand from Canada where he was Technical Director at Edmonton Thunderbirds Water Polo Club, coaching the clubs under 16 girls and Under 19 Women's team.
Reza has over 15 years of coaching experience, coaching a number of different teams to Canadian Championship medals.
In 2010 - 2011, Reza coached the Canadian Youth National Team and was Head Coach at the University of Calgary.
As a player, Reza was a member of the Iranian National team between 1982 - 1986, before moving to join the Ottawa Titans in Canada. Reza also won a Canadian Championship with the Calgary Torpedo's in 2005.
This is Reza's second visit to New Zealand, having coached the Marist Senior Men to the 2013 National Title, It's first, after a 13 years gap.
Marist now look to Reza to steer its Men and Women to their next titles, with the Marist Senior Women being the defending 2016, 2015 National Champions.
Reza will remain at Marist to also head the Marist Women / Girls program as well as be heavily involved with the Mens / Boys program.
Welcome Reza !!!