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James R Smith
James R  Smith

Last College:
Stanford WPC

Position:
Coach/Contributer

Induction Year:
1976


Elected to Hall of Fame: 1976, Charter Member

Club: Pacific Coast Club, Long Beach Cal, Los Angeles A.C.

College: Stanford University, University of Southern California

High School: Long Beach Polytechnic

Playing Record: LBP 1922, 23, 24; USC 1926, 27, 28; PCC 1929, 30, 31

Coach:

  • U.S. Naval Training Command, U.S. Pan-AM 1955,
  • Ceylon National Team 1972
  • Stanford University
  • Fullerton Jr. College (Athletic Director & Coach)
  • Long Beach City College
  • Fullerton Union H.S.
  • Woodrow Wilson H.S.
  • Coaching Record:
    • National AAU Sr. Outdoor Champs - NAS Los Alamitos CA
    • Armed Forces Team 1956 Olympic Trials, Ceylon National Champs, Mid-Ocean Champs, Bermuda, Naval Air Station Los Alamitos CA II Pan-AM Games 1960 Mexico, Seven (7) Players participated in four (4) Olympic Games. 35 players became High School and University Coaches.

Honors:

  • U.S. Olympic W/P Committee 1948 - 52, 52 - 56
  • National AAU W/P Committee 1948 - 76
  • United States Water Polo Inc.
  • First Historian, Board of Governors and H of F Comm.
  • Captain LBP H.S.
  • Captain LAAC 1929-31
  • Captain USC 1927-28
  • College Swim Coaches Assoc. 25 & 40 Year Awards
  • Involved with 4 teams that won 164 separate team championships
  • Helms Foundation Award - noteworthy coaching achievement
  • Water Polo Coach Emeritus Stanford University
  • Correspondent for Associated Press, Swimming World Magazine and Water Polo Scoreboard. Reported on the XIX Olympics - 1968 Mexico City, XX Olympics 1972 - Munich, Germany, IV Jardron Cup 1971 Yugoslavia, VII Pan-Am 1975 - Mexico, III World Games - Berlin, Germany 1978, XIV Europe Championships 1977
  • Author of Water Polo in the Olympic Games, Water Polo in the USA, An Official Swimming and Diving Book, Playing and Coaching Water Polo - 1948, Score Sheets in book form for Water Polo 1936 - 79 and the World Encyclopedia of Water Polo
  • Designer and responsible for:
    • AMF Voit XW5Y Water Polo Ball
    • Official Olympic Game Ball
    • The numbering system of NCAA W/P caps

Personal:

  • Attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy. Physical ED Instructor Aquatics U.S. Navy
  • Wife - Claire
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