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Walter Lundt
Walter  Lundt

Last College:
Missouri AC


Induction Year:

Elected to Hall of Fame: 2004

Club: Missouri Athletic Club, YMCA, Washington University, Clayton Water Polo


  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO 1948-1952, Master of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation 1956
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education 1952
  • Treasurer of Senior Class 1952
  • President of Lettermen's Club 1951-1952
  • Varsity Swim Team Captain 1951-1952

High School: Beaumont High School, St. Louis, MO 1941-1945

Playing Record: Missouri Athletic Club 1948-1952, YMCA 1948-1952


  • AAU Sr. National Championship Team Indoor 1947
  • Played on MAC Team in Olympic Trials 1948
  • Played in the field for St. Louis All Star Team vs. Hungarian Olympic Champions - exhibition in St. Louis 1948
  • AAU Jr. National Championship Team Indoor & Outdoor 1949
  • Member of MAC Team which won the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Championship, Bermuda 1949-1950
  • Chairman Ozark AAU Swimming and Water Polo Committee 1953
  • Started "Age Group" Water Polo - a developmental program for youngsters 9 years-16 years 1954
  • Started High School Water Polo in St. Louis 1960
  • Persuaded three area school districts to begin the sport of Water Polo creating a new state sport. Today there are 21 area schools participating


  • St. Louis Water Polo Team, Olympic Trials, New York, NY 1964
  • Host, Coach and Tournament Manager 1968
  • Sr. Indoor National AAU Water Polo Tournament - St. Louis Club took second place
  • Conducted a Water Polo Clinic for High School coaches and players for Glenn Kay, Fort Lauderdale, FL 1970
  • Host for AAU National Junior Water Polo Olympic Tournament, Shaw Park, Clayton, MO 1971
  • Coached Clayton Water Polo Club to 1st Place
  • Established Clayton Invitational Water Polo Tournament 1971-Present
  • Held every year since 1971. this is one of the longest running Water Polo tournaments in the USA
  • Member of the National Federation of High School Swimming, Diving, and Water Polo Rules Committee 1988-1989


  • Refereed Women']s National AAU Water Polo Tournament, Albuquerque NM 1968
  • Refereed Women's National AAU Water Polo Tournament Ashville, NC 1969-70
  • Refereed College Water Polo Games for Principia College, SE Missouri State, SW Missouri State, SIU Carbondale 1970's
  • Served as an official for MSHSAA at Swimming and Water Polo meets on the local and state levels 42 years


  • Finalist in the "All Navy" Swimming Championships, Jacksonville FL 1946
  • Coached Normandy High School to Missouri State Swimming Championships 1954
  • Certified College Swimming Official 1970-Present
  • Referee and Starter for Washington University, St. Louis University and Principia College
  • Starter for Men's and Women's Division III College 2000 Swimming & Diving Championships, Rec Plex, St. Peters MO


  • Pool Operator, National Swimming Pool Foundation 1982-Present
  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor 1952-Present
  • Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer 1965-Present
  • Open Water SCUBA Instructor 1968-Present
  • Red Cross C.P.R. and First Aid Instructor 1965-Present
  • Collegiate Swimming Official 1997-Present

Related Professional Activities:

  • Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity
  • Professional Physical Education Fraternity 1963-Present
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports 1983


  • Omicron Delta Kappa, Senior Men's Honorary Fraternity 1951-1952 Washington University
  • MISCA established the Walter Lundt Service Award 1989
  • Missouri Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association created an honorary award given annually for outstanding service in the area of aquatics
  • First recipient - Walter H. Lundt
  • MSHSAA Distinguished Service Award 1995
  • Missouri State High School Activities Association Award for coaching Boys and Girls Swimming for 37 years, and coaching Water Polo for 30 years
  • Missouri Water Polo Hall of Fame Inductee as Player, Coach and Contributor 2000
  • Starter for the Men's and Women's Division III College 2000 Swimming and Diving Championships
  • Missouri Athletic Club Hall of Fame 2002
  • Member of the Meramec River Patrol: A voluntary organization established by US Congress in 1928 to help the American Red Cross patrol the Meramec River to reduce drownings 1947-1980

Player Development:

  • Coached Water Polo at Clayton High School 1960-1991
    • Ten State Titles
    • Four Second Place Titles
    • 390 Wins-127 Losses
  • Coached Lafayette High School - 9 years 1993-Present
  • High School "All American" - 22 players
  • 1962
    • Tom Jones, 1st Team
    • Paul Lang, Honorable Mention
    • Charles Smithers, Honorable Mention
  • 1963
    • Rick Kessler, 4th Team
    • Doug Marshall, 5th Team
  • 1967
    • Allen Leet, Honorable Mention
    • Bennett Katz, 2nd Team
    • Morton John May, Honorable Mention
    • Jim Rolf, Honorable Mention
  • 1968
    • Morton John May, 4th Team
    • Jim Rolf, Honorable Mention
    • Ron Ronman, Honorable Mention
    • Chris Mutrux, 2nd Team
    • Bill Patten, Honorable Mention
  • 1970-71
    • Bill Schwartz, 4th Team
    • Jim Firestone, 5th Team
    • Rich Yawitz, 6th Team
    • Art Flemmming, 7th Team
  • 1971-72
    • Bill Schwartz, 3rd Team
    • Jim Firestone, 3rd Team
    • Rich Yawitz, 4th Team
    • Steve Rafferty, 4th Team
    • Robert Stiffelman, Honorable Mention
  • Maccabi Games, Israel, US National Water Polo Team
    • 1969 - Jim Spiegel, Bennett Katz
    • 1973 - Jim Firestone
  • College "All American" Division III; Gilbert Wette, Cal Tec
  • Harvard University; Jim Floerchinger: Head Water Polo Coach 1999-present
  • College and University Water Polo Playersfrom Clayton High School: Stanford, San Diego State, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, California Institute of Technology

Teaching Experience:

  • Normandy High School: P.E. Teacher and Swim Coach 1952-1957
  • Clayton High School: Taught; Physical Education, Health, Swimming, Water Polo, Climbing, Rappelling, Tennis, Orienteering. Coached: Swimming (boys & girls), Water Polo (boys & girls), Tennis (boys) 1957-1992
  • Clayton Water Sports Center - Manager 1952-Present:
    • Planned and coordinated "Learn to Swim Program" for Clayton School District.
    • Supervised national swimming and diving events
  • Shaw Park AAU Swimming Teach Coach 1952-1965
  • Selected as Water Polo and Swimming Coach: Cal Tech 1967
  • Meramec Community College: SCUBA Instructor 1970-1980
  • Florissant Valley Community College: SCUBA and Life Guard Training Instructor 1985-Present
  • Rockwoods School District: Head Water Polo Coach, Head Boys Swimming Coach and Girl's Assistant Swim Coach 1993-Present


  • Married: Ann Brown Lundt
  • Children: Laurie, Robert, James
  • Grandchildren: 6
  • Service:
    • US Marine Corps, 1946-1948: Private First Class
    • US Maritime Service, 1945-1946



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