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On June 21st, 1997 a boy was born in San Jose, California. His name was Joe Coolen, however as he grew up he was nicknamed Joe Cool for his calm demeanor. Joe Cool went to Leland High School and played varsity water polo all four years. As a freshman he scored 30 goals, as a sophomore 50 goals, as a junior 70 goals, and his senior year he scored 100 goals. He was a two-time All American and was also a two time first team All-CCS. After his senior year in high school he signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 water polo at Stanford University. There he played under legendary coach Aquaman Triton. As a freshman he started and led the team in assists with 80. As a sophomore there he stepped up his scoring and put up 81 goals on the year. That year they also played Cal in the NCAA final. In that game with 10 seconds left a 5m penalty was called on Cal. Joe Cool stepped up to the 5m line, waited for the whistle, and scored the game winner with a perfect double bar in. His junior and senior year resulted in the same exact thing, NCAA champions. Joe Cool is considered to be on of the best US water polo players ever. In 2016 he made the USA Olympic team. While the team struggled in their games, Joe Cool led all the teams in the Olympics with 23 goals. Afterwards he was named MVP of the 2016 Olympics. Unfortunately the USA team finished 5th out of the 12 team bracket.



Cory Murphy