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Born in Pasadena, California, Monte learned to swim at age three at the Pasadena YWCA and Brookside Park pools.
He entered his first swimming competition at age five with the Pasadena Athletic Club and that launched an illustrious career as competitor, coach, instructor and mentor.
After graduating from Huntington Beach Union High School
in 1947, and then attended Fullerton Junior College
was first introduced to Water Polo
by Hall of Fame Coach, James R. Smith.
competed in both Water Polo and Swimming
at Fullerton then matriculated to UCLA
where, under the coaching of Brud Cleveland, received All Coast honors in Water Polo
and captained the swim team.
While at UCLA
set the Pacific Coast Conference record in the 200-yard butterfly.
Upon 1951 graduation with a BA Degree, he
entered the United States Navy
and was eventually stationed at the United States Naval Academy
where, under the coaching of John Higgens, made the 1952 United States Olympic Swimming Team, placing ninth in the 200 meter butterfly at Helsinki.
After the service, Monte entered graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach where he received his Masters Degree and Teaching Credential in 1955.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Long Beach City College in the fall of 1955 and retired from Long Beach City College in 1989.
While at LBCC
teams won numerous Regional and State Water Polo and Swimming
began coaching Water Polo
internationally with the Pan American Games in 1967 and retired following the 1984 Olympic Games in Los
He served as Assistant Pan American Coach in 1967 (Gold Medal) and 1975(Silver Medal), and as Head Pan American Coach in 1979 (Gold Medal) and 1983 (Gold Medal).
Monte was the Assistant United States Olympic Water Polo coach in1968 in Mexico City (5th place) and in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Monte also served as Head Olympic Coach for the 1972 Munich Olympics (Bronze Medal), the 1980 Moscow Olympics (boycott) and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (Silver Medal).
It is unfortunate that the 1980 Olympic Water Polo Team was unable to perform at the Olympics as they were considered one of the finest teams ever to represent the United States and would have been a strong contender for the Gold Medal.
career, exclusive of the boycott, every Olympic team which Monte
head-coached won an Olympic Medal - an unparalleled achievement.
Swimming Hall of Fame
was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame
in Ft. Lauderdale,Florida in 1991 and the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame
Monte was a chair of the World Water Polo Coaches Association which which was formed in Jerusalem in 1995 to give National and Olympic Water Polo coaches a voice in the formulation of rules and marketing of the sport.
continues to be actively involved in helping to shape the future of Water Polo
in the United States; working closely with coaches, officials and USA Water Polo to improve the level of play and officiating.