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Bob Horn

1931 - 2019
Bob Horn Obituary
UCLA Water Polo coach for 28 years (1963-1991), and UCLA Swim coach from 1963 to 1974 passed away on Friday, January 11th at the age of 87. His record as the winningest coach in UCLA history still stands to this day. During his water polo coaching career, Horn guided the Bruins to three NCAA titles, four runner-up awards and seven 3rd place finishes as well as 13 league titles.

He guided the Bruins to 50 straight wins over 5 years and coached four undefeated squads before the NCAA recognized water polo as an NCAA sport in 1969. In all his teams won 7 national titles. Horn was selected as the 1965 water polo "NCAA Water Polo Coach of the Year" and was honored in 1972 as the "NCAA Swimming Coach of the Year".

In all, Horn tutored 36 first team All Americans, and 26 swimming and water polo Olympians.

He retired from UCLA with an overall record of 487-188-8 in Water Polo – the most wins of any UCLA coach in history. Horn was a US National team member in the 1955 Pan American Games, 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games and is widely recognized as one of the greatest goal keepers of all time.

He then went on to join the coaching staff for the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams.

He was inducted into the Halls of Fame for United States Water Polo, UCLA, Long Beach State, Fullerton Community College and numerous others.

Bob was on the coaching staff of 2 Pan American games and also on the coaching staff of 2 World University Games teams as well.

Horn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 3rd, 1931, and moved to Whittier, California with his older brother and mother at the age of 4. There, he attended Whittier High School and joined the water polo team as a sophomore. He joined the Whittier Swim Club water polo team that won the National AAU Water Polo Championships in 1950-1951. After leaving Whittler High School, he attended Fullerton Jr. College and led the Hornets to a state title. He then served in the Naval Air Force during the Korean War. He graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA and Master's Degree. After graduating, he coached at Cerritos Jr. College for 2 years. Then, in 1963 he moved on to UCLA where he retired after 28 years.

When Bob was not playing or coaching water polo, he enjoyed lifeguarding, body surfing, waterskiing, horseback riding, traveling the world, and spending time with his family. He played the violin and the ukulele. He also raised, trained and raced homing pigeons throughout his life. During his retirement, he built a cabin in the Sierras where he made many great memories with family and friends. He loved telling stories and always appreciated a good joke.

Bob will be remembered both as a fierce competitor, and a kind, wise, mentor. But most of all, as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dottie, 5 adult children - Jeff, Greg, Mark, Lynn and Anne Marie and 7 grandchildren.

Memorial Service Pavilion Club at UCLA Pauley Pavilion. 10 AM - 2PM
301 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
For further details and RSVP, contact UCLA Men's Water Polo 310-738-5684

In lieu of flowers, Donations in memory of Bob Horn
may be made to:
Bruin Water Polo (checks made out to Bruin Water Polo)
Attn: Adam Wright, MWP
UCLA Athletic Department
P.O. Box 24044
LA, CA 90024-0044
Published in The Beach Reporter on Feb. 1, 2019
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