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Tom Hermstad
Tom  Hermstad

Last College:
FINA

Position:
Referee

Induction Year:
1995


Elected to Hall of Fame: 1995

Club: Inland New Pike Long Beach CA

College: Long Beach State

High School: Wilson H.S.

Playing Record: H.S. 1956 - 57, College 1957 - 61, Club 1954 - 69

Participation:

  • Long Beach Wilson Varsity 1956
  • Long Beach State Varsity 1957-61
  • Conference Champions First one at CSULB 1959
  • Nat'l Champions (mythical) CSULB 1960
  • Inland NewPike Team late 50's - 60's
  • Pan American Trials 1962 for 1963 Games finalist
  • US Olympic Trials Team - Inland NewPike - 1960
  • Dean of Golden West College and Athletic Director 1986 to present
  • Head of Aquatics at City of Seal Beach 1966-81 (four months each year/summer)
  • Helped Organize FINA Cup 1981
  • Sponsor for Long Beach fundraiser, US Olympic Team 1988
  • Chairman (with Rick Jones) Yugoslavia Tour Ticket Sales mid 80's
  • National referees Chairman for USWP 1992 (400 refs involved) to present
  • Swim World Magazine - rated Tom as one of the top 10 Refs in the world
  • Rated FINA A referee
  • Swimming at GWC Coach of Men's & Women's. Three times places in State top three
  • Travelled Germany for 4 months studying Water Polo programs
  • Assisted Bob Gaughran, Water Polo Chairman for Olympics, with planning, prior to the 1984 Olympics

Coach:

  • Head W/P Coach Golden West College 1966-85
  • Eight State Championships (two undefeated teams) 17 out
  • 20 Conference Titles and 7 So. Cal Titles
  • Assistant Coach - 4 State Titles
  • Assistant Coach LBS 1961-62
  • Head Coach Lakewood H.S. 1963-66
  • Assistant Coach Inland New Pike late 60's
  • Head Coach Calif. Community College 1979
  • Assistant Coach - 5 College State Championships

Referee:

  • 1965-1994
  • Olympic Games in Munich GER 1972 XX
  • Olympic Games in Montreal CAN 1976 XXI
  • Olympic Games in Los Angeles CA USA 1984 XXIII
  • Olympic Games in Seoul KOREA 1988 XXIV
  • World Championships Cali COL 1975
  • World Championships Berlin GER 1978
  • World Championships Madrid ESP 1986 (Women)
  • World Championships Perth AUS 1991 (Women)
  • Pan American Games Cali COL 1971
  • Pan American Games Caracas VEN 1985
  • FINA Cup Belgrade YUGO 1979
  • FINA Cup Malibu CA 1983
  • Head Referee, Alamo Cup 1993-94
  • USWP Sr. Nationals involved with 20 to 25 Championships
  • World University Games Zagreb, Yugoslavia 1987

Honors:

  • California Community College Coach of the Year 1979
  • Co-Captain Long Beach State 1960
  • All City Long Beach Water Polo Player 1957

Personal:

  • Married Spouse and a Daughter and Son
  • Served in the US Coast Reserve 1963
  • Bachelor's Degree - Phys Ed CSULB 1961
  • Master's Degree - Phys Ed CSULB 1964
  • Son Played at Wilson H.S., GWC & Cal Berkeley NCAA Champs 1987
  • Wife and Daughter worked the Water Polo venue at the 1984 Olympics
  • Retired Internationally in 1991 at World Championships (Referee)
  • Retired Nationally 1994 (Referee)
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