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William K Anttila
William K  Anttila

Last College:
Stockton/UOP

Position:
Contributor

Induction Year:
2003


Elected to Hall of Fame: 2003

Participation:

  • Bill was coach of swimming and water polo at Stockton College from 1946 until he retired in 1984. In 1948 he was responsible for the inauguration of the first community college water polo program in Northern California at Stockton College. He also began the water polo program at the University of Pacific in 1947. During his 38 years of coaching water polo his teams won ten Northern California championships and never had a losing season.
  • From 1963 to 1983, he concentrated on coaching the Delta College water polo team. His teams won several championships and Bill was chosen Northern California Coach of the Year in 1975. In 1978, the California Coaches Association selected Bill as the Coach of the Year.
  • Bill coached for 35 consecutive years in water polo, and in 1099 contest, of which his teams won 759, created a .691 winning percentage. He had the satisfaction of coaching over 50 All Americans.
  • He has written a book titled Water Polo Drills and Playing Hints.
  • Bill Anttila's coaching record over a period of 38 years with the College of the Pacific, Stockton College and San Joaquin Delta College is an outstanding one. At the time off his retirement he was the oldest active and winningest coach in water polo in the United States. He was inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

Personal:

  • Served in the US Navy from 1942-45 as a pilot. Married for 61 years to Sisko and has three children.
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