This site is dedicated to the memory of Lou.

We have created this site to remember Lou with his family and friends. He was a man who strove for personal integrity and excellence in everything he did, and he shared these values with his students and family. His sense of humor (and his sense of rhythm) kept us all smiling. His legacy is the sportsmanship and success of his players and the warm memories of his family. Lou was born in San Francisco, CA on December 06, 1943. He grew up in Redwood City, where he first learned to swim from Clyde Devine, and where he met the love of his life, his wife Susan. Both student athletes and proud graduates of Sequoia High School, they were married in 1965. Lou graduated from San Jose State University in 1965 and played for the Spartan men's water polo teams during the 1962 through 1965 seasons. He served on active duty in the US Army from 1967 - 1969, and as a reservist for many years afterward. While stationed in Germany he and Susie had adventures throughout Europe. Lou's first coaching position was at Menlo Junior College in 1966 where he coached water polo and swimming. During the 1970s he coached at Oak Grove High School and was a founding member of Big Bop & the Choppers, a group of coaches whose concerts of classic music from the 50s and 60s raised thousands of dollars for the OGHS Athletic Department. Audience members will never forget his performances as "Loose Lou, Prince of the Twist," the camel, the gorilla, and the nurse! In 1996 he returned to his alma mater to found their women's water polo program, whose teams went on to achieve national ranking. He coached at SJSU until his passing. When not coaching water polo Lou loved refereeing water polo, watching water polo, and talking about water polo! He also loved the outdoors, whether swimming, sailing, fishing, hiking with his dogs, or spending time at the family cabin in the Stanislaus Forest. He was expert at Sudoku and an ardent 49ers fan. Lou's wife Susie, daughter Megan, son Ian and daughter-in-law Caroline, and grandson Chase miss him with all their hearts, although they know his spirit will always be with them. The family has chosen to create this site instead of holding a traditional memorial service, in the hope that all those who loved Lou could be part of this virtual gathering regardless of time or place. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to the SJSU Women's Water Polo team or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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Lou was my first real summer (AAU in those days) coach when I began playing with De Anza Water Polo Foundation in the mid-70's. Lou's humor, passion for the game, and fantastic knowledge and communication skills made him one of my favorite people in water polo from the beginning. Between my playing days and early coaching, Lou must have officiated 75+ games in which Davis was involved. When both UCD and SJ's programs gained Varsity status in the same year we began coaching against each other, but never lost our sense of friendship and respect for each other. Little did I realize in the summer of '74 as a HS junior that the coach I met that first day at San Jose City College would be a friend for the next 40 years. I pray you know that Lou. Jamey Wright
Sent by jrwright on 28/12/2013
I first met Lou when he began coaching water polo at Oak Grove High. We would see each other when I would go through the coaches office to get ready for football proctice. Lou would always greet you with his enlightening smile and sunny disposition. I don't think Lou ever had a bad thought about anything. He always seemed to look at the bright side of life. He would leave a smile on your face after talking with him. Whether he was teaching, coaching, or being a real estate broker Lou was one of the best. My wife and I went to Lou when he was a real estate broker because we know he could be trusted. Because of this trust in his ability we were able to turn over several properties together. Lou, you will be missed and wherever you are I know those around you will be smiling. Bullet Bob
Sent by ginrng on 26/12/2013
Lou Tully was my friend. He helped me buy my homes. He was a model coach and educator. He was my microphone partner with the Choppers when it was turned on. He was a caring father and husband.He always put a smile on my face.I will miss him but also remember always what a special man he was. Thank you for this opportunity, Mike Holmgren
Sent by mholm710 on 24/12/2013