LBSU will play as the first seed in the tournament for the first time.
Gavin Arroyo enters his seventh season as the head coach of the women's program as well as his sixth season in charge of both the men's and women's water polo programs. He had served as the head coach of Long Beach State's men's water polo team since 2006 and began coaching the women's team as well in 2009. The 2013 season went down as the best in program history under Arroyo's leadership. Arroyo guided the 49ers to a program-best 25-7 record and a third-place finish in the Big West Tournament. The Beach began the season unranked but climbed up the polls to No .8 - the highest ranking in school history - when the season ended. Melissa Matheson, Chelsea Parks and Christina Kotsia all garnered All-America Honorable Mention following the historic season under Arroyo's guidance. In 2012, the 49ers finished with their second-highest win total under Arroyo, and claimed three All-Big West selections as Melissa Matheson, Coriann Snyder, and Chelsea Parks were all honored by the conference. In his first season as head coach in 2009, Long Beach State posted a 9-12 overall record against a difficult schedule and finished fifth in the first year of play in the Big West Conference for women's water polo. Arroyo brings a combination of playing and coaching experience to The Beach. He is a two-time member of the U.S. Men's Olympic Water Polo team (1996, 2000) and spent two years as an assistant coach at California. In 2005, he served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's Senior National Team planning training schedules, aiding in game preparation, organizing fundraising events, and being responsible for fundamentals, tactic implementation and conditioning. Arroyo started the Long Beach Water Polo Club catering to youth water polo players, both boys and girls, on May 1, 2010. He has also served as the head coach for the Olympic Club of San Francisco men's team (2004-05) for two years. A 1994 graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in political science, Arroyo was a first-team All-American at Cal in 1993. He was a part of three NCAA Championship squads at Berkeley (1990, 1991, 1992). Arroyo competed on the U.S. National Team for eight years (1993-2000) helping lead the U.S. squad to numerous championships. The U.S. men's team won the World Championships in 1994 and 1998, the 1997 FINA Cup and the 1995 and 1999 Pan American Games. He also competed on the U.S. men's team at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Arroyo competed for seven years overseas playing professional water polo in Greece and Spain with five different clubs (Vouliagmeni, Glyfada, CN Barcelona, Olympiakos and CN Barceloneta). He was a member of the 1998 Greek League championship team and was runner-up in 1997 and 1998 at the European Cup. Arroyo is a native of Southern California, growing up in Orange and earning 1990 Swimmer of the Year and High School Player of the Year honors from the Orange County Register at Villa Park High School. Arroyo and his wife, Erene, have a daughter, Angeliki, who was born on April 11, 2007. The couple resides in Long Beach.