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John D Williams
John D  Williams

Last College:
USC

Position:
Coach

Induction Year:
2000


Elected to Hall of Fame: 2000

High School: La Habra HS 1961 - 1964

College: USC 1965 - 1968

Club: City of Commerce 1964-1966, Downey WP 1967-1970, New York AC 1969-1970, Fullerton 1971-1972

Coach:

  • Head Coach Emeritus at USC - Present
  • Head Water Polo Coach University of Southern California 1973-1998
  • Assistant Coach University of Southern California 1970-1972
  • Presently Age-Group Coach at Shore Water Polo Club

Team Manager:

  • Manager of Men's National Team 1985-1986

Honors:

  • College All-American 1967-1968
  • Club AAU Water Polo All-American 1966-1970
  • NCAA Division I Champions 1998
  • Runner-Up NCAA Division I - Six Times
  • Over 25 NCAA First Team All-Americans
  • Over 30 Players continued on to the National Team
  • Three Olympians

Personal:

  • John is married - wife Jeanne, Children - Erin, Ryan & Stephen
  • Sr. Partner at Fox & Ribb CPA Firm

Comments: John Williams legacy is Water Polo at USC. John is responsible for the maintaining of the program throughout the 1970's and 1980's including being dropped in 1980 and almost again in 1992. It was not until 1995 when the women's team was established and had secured a full time coaching position for the program did John finally feel comfortable about the future of Water Polo at USC. The ability of the program to survive 25 years of the constant threat of Title IX elimination and still be competitive as they have been (18 consecutive years in the top 6 teams) is a tribute to John's love of Water Polo and USC.

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