Sunday, April 22, 2007

Monte Nitzkowski, USA: The coach of Olympic medals

USA Olympic Coach; 1972, 1980, 1984; Assistant Coach 1968; Pan American Games: 1979, 1983; Assistant Coach 1967, 1975; National Team Coach: 1977-1984; Olympic team member: 1952 (200m breaststroke).
For more than 30 years, Monte Nitzkowski produced gold medal Water Polo teams in the United States. His coaching carrier begins in 1955 and continues through 1986. His 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, he 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 Nitzkowski 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.

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