Retired Stanford University water polo coach Dante Dettamanti was killed while bicycling on Cañada Road this past Tuesday. According to the California Highway Patrol, Dettamanti crashed into a County Public Works Department street sweeper about a mile south of Highway 92. He was 80 years old.
About Dante Dettamanti
Dettamanti’s accomplishments speak for themselves. In 25 years at Stanford, he led the Cardinal to eight NCAA championships and 14 appearances in the NCAA title game.
He is one of only five head coaches in Stanford history to capture at least eight national titles.
He is also the only collegiate coach to win NCAA championships in four different decades.
Dettamanti was named national coach of the year six times and league coach of the year on 10 occasions.
He also had great success on the international stage, coaching the USA World University Games teams to gold and silver medals in 1979 and 1981.
Over a dozen of his former players have gone on to achieve success at the Olympics, including three-time Olympic gold medalist Kate Markgraf.
Dettamanti’s legacy is one of excellence and achievement, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest coaches in college soccer history.