Athlete of the Issue: Joey Fabian

T. Rechnitz

Brian Tan

“Arm”ed with a cannon and a Speedo, senior Joey Fabian took his talents to Italy this summer with the United States Junior National Water Polo Team at the World Championships.  The team competed against Italy, France, Germany, Hungary and Montenegro in the Boys’ 18 & Under,  and came in second behind Italy.  Fabian helped the team to a 4-1 record, scoring three goals in the tournament.

An All-American water polo player, Fabian started playing as a 10-year-old at the legendary Bill Brown camps. Brown started the Mats Water Polo program and is now an assistant coach.  Fabian then played for the Lamorinda water polo club team and was selected for the Zone Olympic Development Team.

“That’s when I really got serious with water polo so I stopped my other sports to focus on it,” said Fabian.

Fabian played on the 14 & Under National Team and joined the Miramonte varsity team during NCS as a freshman.

“I think that was a huge step for me because I was able to learn from the extraordinary players who were older than me on the team.  They taught me how to play aggressively and set a good example for me,” said Fabian.

These role models included James Perry ‘09, Stephen Siri ‘09, Tommy Briskey ‘09 and Danny Crocker ‘09, who all went on to play Division I water polo.

Fabian experienced his biggest development as a water polo player as a sophomore.  His love for water polo grew and he became a dominant force in Bay Area water polo.  He scored four goals in the NCS semi-final match against De La Salle and was instrumental in the team’s season which ended with an NCS championship.

Fabian’s proudest achievement is making the Junior National team for Italy this summer, where he got experience and competed against European water polo players.

“Hungary and Montenegro have the best Men’s Olympic teams, so it was really fun playing against those countries’ junior teams,” said Fabian.  He also attained Eighth Team All-American honors, among his many other achievements.

“My ultimate dream is to play professional water polo for the rest of my life and play on the US Olympic team.  I have been talking to schools like Cal, USC, and LMU, and my top choice is Cal,” said Fabian.

Cal is the number one ranked water polo team in the nation and is also the current home of Crocker, one of Fabian’s mentors.

This year as captains, Fabian and Nick Deaver ‘11 are focused on bringing home a sixth straight NCS title.

“We have a lot of young talent on the team, and that’s the main thing I’m looking forward to this year.  We look really good this year, and the team is a lot stronger than I expected,” said Fabian.

Although the team lost two All-American selections, Fabian believes that the team can produce.

“I’m pretty excited about the season and the team.  Besides winning DFAL and NCS, my goals are to place and hopefully win the tournaments that we have down south,” said Fabian.

Fun Facts About Joey Fabian

Height: 5’11
Weight:190
Favorite Food: Kettle Chips
Favorite Fast Food: Chipotle
Favorite Movie: Fight Club
Favorite Athlete: Eric Hjorleifson (pro skier)
Favorite Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Favorite Sports Team: Pro Recco
Role Model: Michael Sharf
Favorite Water Polo Ball: Jaked
Favorite Class: Psychology
Middle Name: William
Favorite TV Show: NCIS
Favorite Smash Bros character: Samus
Pre-game music: Wiz Khalifa, and whatever else gets the blood pumpin’
Random fact: I could live off of Jasmine Lime Tea