Monte NitzkowskiISHOF - Monte Nitzkowski (USA) - 1991 Honor Coach/Water Polo
...MONTE NITZKOWSKI (USA)
For 31 years, Monte Nitzkowski
produced gold medal water polo teams.It is difficult to find anyone more dedicated to a sport than Monte
is to water polo.Fortunately for the sport, his
career as a swimmer eventually channeled his
talents into coaching, beginning in 1955 and continuing through 1986.
An All-American swimmer, Monte
specialized in the 100 yard butterfly at Fullerton Junior College
in California where he
swam and played water polo for two years.Monte
transferred to UCLA
after Fullerton and his
success continued in both water polo victories and swimming accomplishments, culminating in a berth on the 1952 U.S. Olympic Team
in Helsinki, Finland, swimming the butterfly-breaststroke.
Having Phenomenal success as a coach, his
polo teams at Long Beach City College
were undefeated for eight consecutive years.He served as coach of four USA Pan American Teams from 1967 through 1983, winning gold medals in all but one competition.An Assistant Olympic Coach in 1968, Monte returned in 1972 as head coach, where his Olympic team won the bronze medal--the first time the U.S. team had won an Olympic medal in water polo since 1932.Monte continued his Olympic coaching career as head coach in 1980 and again as head coach of the 1984 team which won the silver medal in one of the closest finishes in Olympic history.Nitzkowski
was responsible for the rise of the U.S. world ranking in water polo.As national team coach from 1977 to 1984, he
coached the U.S. players at many international tournaments including the 1979, 1981, and 1983 FINA Cup Championships.His
love and support for water polo has made an impact on every player with whom he
has come in contact.He continues to serve on the U.S. Water Polo Board of Directors.