Originally from Croatia where water polo is the national sport, Coach Buich has been playing water polo for 25+ years. He played water polo in high school in Marin County and continued his playing career at Golden West College where he helped lead the team to a conference championship in 2006. After a couple of years of playing professionally overseas, he returned to the United States and began his coaching career.
In 2022, Ivan Buich entered his first season as Assistant Coach for USC Men’s Water Polo.
Buich comes to USC after spending seven seasons at San Juan Hills High School as head coach of the boys and girls teams, reaching two CIF finals in that span. He also served as an assistant coach on the Santa Margarita Catholic boys’ and girls’ coaching staff, helping the Eagles win the girls CIF title in 2013.
With Orange County Water Polo Club, Buich was a head coach at all levels, spending the last seven years with the 18U Boys. He also served as a head coach for Los Angeles Athletic Club for three years and coached at Mt. SAC as women’s assistant in the 2021-22 season.
Buich attended Redwood High School in Marin County, Calif., before going on to play at Golden West College and Long Beach State. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Arizona State. After college, he competed in Croatia for VK Gusar.