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William Barnett
William  Barnett

Last College:
Newport AF


Induction Year:

Elected to Hall of Fame: 2000

Playing Record: High School - El Rancho, Community College - Fullerton, Long Beach State 1963-1965, Club-Nu-Pike


  • USWP:
    • Chairman of Men's International/Olympic Committee Since 1996
    • In charge of men's national water polo program in the US, (Sr. & Jr.) and youth teams, including international and domestic competition, publicity, and preparation for the Pan American and Olympic Games
  • Major Activities:
    • 1997-1998 Wrote Level II and Level III Coaching Manuals to unify system of play on all USWP levels in the United States
    • 1998-Instituted zone youth teams with a national youth team selected from the National Zone Tournament
    • 1997-Instituted zone junior teams with a national junior team selected from the National Zone Tournament


  • Head Coach Newport Harbor HS Boys since 1966
  • Won Ten CIF 4A High School Championships
  • Runner-up Seven Times CIF 4A
  • CIF Coach of the Year 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1978
  • Developed Over 100 High School All-Americans
  • Head Coach Newport Harbor High School Girls since 1996
  • CIF Champions 1999
  • CIF Coach of the Year 1999
  • Since 1967 Coached Newport Water Polo Foundation Age Group and Senior Teams
  • Four Time National Jr. Olympic Champions
  • Head Coach National Junior Team 1976-1982
  • Established Jr Team (19 and Under)
  • Development of area teams for Junior selections
  • Head Coach of National Team 1985-1992
  • Olympic Coach 1988 (2nd Place) and 1992 (4th Place)
  • Pan American Games 1987 (1st Place) and 1991 (2nd Place)
  • World Championships 1986 (4th Place) and 1991 (4th Place)
  • FINA Cup 4 Time 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991
  • FINA Cup World Champions 1991
  • Video/Scout Coach 1997-Present:
    • Duties included videotaping all games, preparing scouting tapes, preparing scouting reports for use by National Coaching Staff


  • School teacher at Newport Harbor High School.
  • Married - wife - Marsha and two children



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