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#4 Conner Cleary
Position: 2M/D
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 225
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Goleta, Calif.
High School: Dos Pueblos
Major: History and the Law

Career Accolades

  • 2014 ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention
  • 2014 All-MPSF Honorable Mention
  • 2014 ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • 2014 MPSF All-Academic
  • 2013 ACWPC All-Academic - Excellent
  • 2013 MPSF All-Academic
  • 2012 ACWPC All-Academic - Excellent
  • 2012 MPSF All-Academic
  • 2011 ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • 2011 MPSF All-Academic

USA Water Polo

  • Played for the USA Men's Senior National Team at the FINA World Cup from Aug. 19-24 in Almaty, Kazakhstan in which the U.S. finished fourth
  • Helped the senior team to a fifth-place finish at the FINA World League Super Final in Dubai from June 14-21, 2014 
  • Also appeared for the USA Men's Senior National Team at its four-game series with Serbia in Northern California from June 4-8, 2014
  • Scored once for the USA Men's Senior National Team at the FINA Intercontinental Qualification Tournament in Shanghai, China from May 26-31, 2014
  • Part of the USA Men's Senior National Team for the Volvo Cup in Sznolnok, Hungary Feb. 7-9, 2014
  • Saw action with the USA Senior National Team at both the Volvo Cup and Eger Hungary FINA Intercontinental Tournament in Shanghai, China in 2014

As a Redshirt Senior (2014)

  • ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention
  • All-MPSF Honorable Mention
  • ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • MPSF All-Academic
  • Scored nine times, once each in games against Redlands (9/21), UCSD (9/20), Occidental (9/27), Whittier (9/28), Pacific (10/11), Pepperdine (10/26), Santa Clara (11/12), Pacific (11/15) and USC (12/6)

As a Redshirt Junior (2013)

  • ACWPC All-Academic - Excellent
  • MPSF All-Academic
  • Scored 21 goals
  • Had two hat tricks and five multi-goal games in 2013
  • Posted hat trick in win over Harvard (9/7)
  • Scored a goal in wins over UC Davis and Pacific at the NorCal Invitational (9/21)
  • Tallied another hat trick in UCI Invitational second-round win over California (10/12)
  • Added a goal in win over UCLA (10/17)
  • Scored twice in win at Chapman (11/9)
  • Netted a pair in 17-16 overtime win at USC (11/16)

As a Redshirt Sophomore (2012)

  • ACWPC All-Academic - Excellent
  • MPSF All-Academic
  • Scored 13 goals
  • Had two goals against Santa Clara in NorCal Invitational opener (9/15)
  • Scored in each of Stanford's four games of SoCal Tournament, netting five goals total (9/29-30)
  • Scored a goal in loss to USC (10/6)
  • Scored four times at Rodeo Tournament (10/21)

As a Redshirt Freshman (2011)

  • ACWPC All-Academic - Superior
  • MPSF All-Academic
  • Scored two goals
  • Netted a goal in season opener against Fresno Pacific (9/4)
  • Scored in win over Air Force (10/23)

As a Freshman (2010)

  • Redshirted

High School

  • A 2010 graduate of Dos Pueblos High School
  • Three-year letterwinner in water polo and four-year letterwinner in swimming
  • Served as captain of both water polo and swimming teams
  • Named Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Year as a senior
  • Collected DPHS water polo team MVP in 2010
  • Named JV team MVP as a sophomore
  • Played club water polo for Santa Barbara Aquatics Club (formerly Santa Barbara Water Polo Club) since 2003
  • Named a first-team All-American in 2008 after leading his team to runner-up finishes at the Junior Olympics and Florida International Tournament


  • Born in Walnut Creek, Calif.
  • Parents are Shaun and Betsy Cleary
  • Father won two NCAA water polo championships at California and was with the USA Senior National Team that earned the gold medal at Pan American Games and fourth place at World Games
  • Mother swam at Florida, earning a NCAA championship with the team and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in the 100 fly
  • Two relatives, Jenny Stein and Susan (Rapp) von der Lippe, swam for Stanford, while von der Lippe (as Susan Rapp) earned gold (400-meter medley relay) and silver (200-meter breaststroke) medals at the 1984 Olympics
  • Has two siblings, Kels and Shannon
  • Sister Shannon is on the women's water polo team at Stanford
  • Completing a master's degree in healthcare policy
  • Hobbies include surfing and reading