Monte Nitzkowski, American water polo coach, Died at 86


Kenneth Monfore “Monte” Nitzkowski was born on September 7, 1929, and died on July 28, 2016.

He was an American former competition swimmer and water polo coach.

Monte represented the United States in the 200-meter butterfly at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, where he finished with the eleventh-best time overall.

He acted as the U.S. water polo assistant coach at the 1968 Olympics and was appointed head coach for the 1972, 1980 and 1984 games.

Following him transferring from Fullerton Junior College, he swam and played water polo for the UCLA Bruins in 1950 and 1951.

Monte became one of the world’s foremost authorities in water polo by coaching Long Beach City College to 32 conference water polo championships and 12 conference swim titles during 1954 to 1989.

Monte Nitzkowski was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1991, and the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

Monte Nitzkowski passed away at 86 years old.