Water Polo Legend Bob Horn Passes Away

Waitakere Water Polo Club would like to honour the memory of Robert ‘Bob’ Horn, Olympian, USA Water Polo Hall of Famer and previous Waitakere Coach, who passed away away on the 11th of January 2019 at the age of 87.

 
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Widely considered as the best Water Polo Goalkeeper that the USA has ever seen, Bob was born in Minneapolis in 1932. He was selected to compete in the 1956 (Melbourne) and 1960 (Rome) Olympics and returned as assistant coach for the USA Olympic team in 1968.

 
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In 1963, Horn took the reins of UCLA’s Mens Water Polo program. He led the Bruins for 28 years, during which time the program held 3 NCAA titles (including the first official NCAA sanctioned championships), a school record for most straight victories (50) and 13 league titles. Horn tutored 36 first-team All-America selections and 22 Olympians during his time at the helm of the UCLA MWP program.

Waitakere was incredibly lucky to have such a legendary figure in water polo as our Club Coach during the mid to late 1980s. In the word of Colin Bright, a founding member of the Club, “he will be remembered by all who played in those teams as a determined, dedicated and highly skilled coach, who pushed the team and all of the players  to be the very best that they could be.” Over those years Bob came to New Zealand for several months at a time, coaching a number of our teams, including at the New Zealand Club Championships.



 
Bob Horn (front row 2nd from left) with the 1959 Men's Water Polo team after defeating UCLA 12-8.

Bob Horn (front row 2nd from left) with the 1959 Men's Water Polo team after defeating UCLA 12-8.

Bob Horn at Fullerton

Bob Horn at Fullerton

Bob Horn (#22) ready to block the shot attempt by the USC Trojans.

Bob Horn (#22) ready to block the shot attempt by the USC Trojans.

Rest in peace Bob, and thank you for all that you have contributed to the success and development of our Club all the way over here in New Zealand.


Zach Monk