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.