Monday, June 18, 2007

Terry Schroeder: The “statue” from Pepperdine

Terry Schroeder, born 1959, started swimming at the Santa Barbara YMCA. He played Water Polo in High school at San Marcos High, Santa Barbara, California. At Pepperdine University in California he graduated, Sports Medicine in 1981. He played for Coach Rick Rowland and became a three-time All-American. On the club level, he played for Industry Hills, Malibu, New York Athletic Club and Harvard, competing 7 times on National Championship teams. In 1978, he joined the US National Team, coached by Ken Lindgren and Monte Nitzkowski. He became Team USA’s only four-time Olympian. His 1980 team was dismissed due to the Olympic boycott. He refocused and became the captain of the Los Angeles, 1984 team and Seoul, 1988 team, where Team USA won silver medals. He retired in 1988 but made a comeback in 1990 where he was elected team captain for a third time placing fourth in Barcelona, 1992. During his career, Schroeder led the National Team to five FINA Cups winning gold (1991) and silver medal (1985). He carried the U.S. flag at the 1988 Olympic closing Ceremony. In 1984, he modelled for sculptor, Robert Graham as the bronze male torso sculpted for the Olympic Gateway at the entrance to the Los Angeles Coliseum at the Olympic Games. Since 1986, he has been Pepperdine’s Head Water Polo coach, winning the School’s first NCAA National Championship in 1997.
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