We wanted to introduce one of our new additions to our coaching staff this year. Coach Dante will be coaching our 18U Boys team along with coach Griffin.
ABOUT COACH DANTE DETTAMANTI:
In 25 years at Stanford, his teams played in the NCAA Championship final game a total of 14 times, producing eight NCAA Championships and six second-place finishes. He became only the second collegiate coach in NCAA history to record over 600 career wins, and the only collegiate coach to win NCAA Championships in four different decades, the 70’s, 80’s 90’s, and 2000’s. His eight National championships tie the NCAA record for the most in NCAA history, along with the legendary Pete Cutino of Cal-Berkeley, and Jovan Vavic from USC. NCAA records include a .800 winning percentage at Stanford, a 52 game undefeated streak over a three year period in the 80’s, three back-to-back NCAA Championships (1980-81, 1985-86, 1993-94), and two undefeated seasons (28-0 in 1981 and 36-0 in 1985). Since leaving Stanford, Dettamanti has coached numerous teams on the high school and age group level.
Dettamanti has not only produced winning teams and numerous All-American players, but also top international players. Fourteen of his players have played for the USA Olympic Team, including Olympic team standouts Jody Campbell (1980, 84, 88), Wolf Wigo (1996, 2000, 2004), Layne Beaubien (2004, 2008, 2012), and Tony Azevedo (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016).
Since retirement, Dettamanti has dedicated himself to promoting the game of water polo by developing an up-tempo style of play that will help increase the popularity of the sport around the world. He has presented coaches clinics and seminars in twelve foreign countries and numerous states, including California, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington and Illinois; as well as writing four manuals on coaching and playing water polo.