Hall of Fame 2010 - Bret Bernard
Bret B. Bernard has been called on to whistle every major water polo championship in existence, including the Olympic Games in 1992 (Barcelona) and 1996 (Atlanta). Bernard has officiated multiple World Championships, World Cups, Junior World Championships, and Goodwill Games among many other international competitions. Domestically, Bernard has worn the whites for every conceivable USA Water Polo Championship, including Junior Olympic and National Championships. He also officiated numerous collegiate men's and women's championships, including an incredible fourteen straight men's NCAA championship games. As a player, Bernard was many times a USA Water Polo, AAU, NCAA and High School All-American, played for our Men's National Team and was an Alternate to the 1972 (Munich) Olympic Games. Bernard also made great contributions to the organizational structure of USA Water Polo serving on and chairing a variety of committees and boards, including serving upon the Executive Committee for fifteen years. He was elected USA Water Polo Treasurer from 1988-90, Vice-President from 1990-1996 and President from 1996-2001. Bernard also served upon the USOC Board of Directors for fifteen years and upon its Finance Committee for six years. In addition he was the first non-European President of AIA (international referees association) and served also as its Vice-President for six years and upon its Executive Board for ten years. He also served upon the FINA-TWPC for five years. Bernard was also the first Director of Water Polo Officials for the NCAA. Most recently, Bernard had an annual USA Water Polo Award named in his honor, recognizing outstanding officiating at the elite level.