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Andy Takata
Andy  Takata

Last College:
FINA

Position:
Referee

Induction Year:
2014


Andy Takatawill be most remembered for his work as a water polo official, but his impact on the game has been much bigger. In addition to wearing the whites at the most prestigious water polo events on earth, Takata volunteered his time to the sport in a variety of governance roles and developmental ventures. A 12-year member of the USA Water Polo Board of Directors, Takata also served as Vice-President, Treasurer and National Referees' Chair. A member of the UANA Technical Water Polo Committee, he was also the Commissioner of the Western Water Polo Association and serves on the Technical Water Polo Committee for the Collegiate Water Polo Association. On top of all of that he is one of the best American water polo referees of all-time. In a career that started in 1978, Takata quickly climbed the ranks calling his first NCAA Championship Tournament in 1981. He traveled the world representing the United States and whistled matches at the 2000 Olympic Games, 1998 FINA World Championships, three FINA World Cups, several US Olympic Festivals and countless other international and domestic championships. He remains involved in the game today as a champion of the growth of women's water polo along with referee development and recruitment.


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