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James Mulcrone
James  Mulcrone

Last College:
Illinois AC


Induction Year:

Elected to Hall of Fame: 2004

Water Polo History:

Jim was a driving force in Illinois Water Polo. In over thirty years of coaching he taught hundreds of boys and girls water polo and swimming. Many of his players went on to play national team and at the collegiate level. Over the years many of his former players have joined the coaching ranks.

Coaching at Brother Rice High School his teams won numerous state championships. His team won 790 games and loss 70 games, a 91.9% winning percentage. He was instrumental in getting women's water polo started in Illinois. When he started coaching over 30 years ago, there were four high school's playing water polo and he a was a driving force in promoting the sport where today, there are 75 boys teams and 63 girls teams.

Although a major portion of his water polo career was at Brother Rice High School, he began his coaching through the Chicago Park District in the Beaches and Pools Units moving from the position of lifeguard up to the natatorium instructor and summer beach supervisor. Jim organized and implemented three National Water polo Championships while working for the Chicago Park District. He continued to work with the Greater Chicago Summer Aquatics and swimming and water polo programs, training teams to compete national level with success.

Throughout his water polo career, Jim was recognized for his outstanding work. In 1969 he was named National Age Group "Coach of the Year" by the American Swimming Coaches Association. In 1983, 1986, and 1998 he was named Illinois High School "Coach of the Year" by the Illinois Swimming Association. In 1986 Jim received a service award from the American Water Polo Coaches Association.

Inducted into Illinois Hall of Fame.

James "Moose" Mulcrone devoted his life to only two things: his wife and children and water polo. He and his wife Barbara had ten children and eleven grandchildren. Five of his children are now coaching water polo. It was once viewed as an impossible dream for water polo to be recognized as a high school sanctioned sport. His efforts have created a reality that will be remembered by players, coaches and officials for years to come.




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