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As a swimmer for Fullerton College, Bob Horn led the Hornets to a State title in 1951. He was selected to the Helms Athletic Foundation 2nd team in 1950 and 1st team in 1951.
Horn participated in the 1955 Pan American games, 1956-60 Olympic games, and was on the coaching staff for the 1968-72 Olympic teams.
Horn took over the reigns as UCLA’s head water polo coach in 1963 and ran the program for the next 28 years (1963-1991). Bob Horn also doubled as the UCLA swim coach from 1963 to 1974 and was honored in 1972 as the “Swimming Coach of the Year”. During his water polo coaching career, Horn guided the Bruins to 3 NCAA titles, 4 runner-up awards and 7 third place finishes as well as 13 league titles. He once led the Bruins to 50 straight victories over 5 years and coached 4 undefeated squads before the NCAA recognized water polo and volleyball as NCAA sports in 1969. Horn was also selected as the 1965 water polo “Coach of the Year”.
In all, Horn tutored 36 first team All-Americans, 9 water polo Olympians, and 4 swimming Olympians. He retired with an overall record of 487-188-8. In 1976, he was inducted into the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame as a player and would later be inducted into the Long Beach State and UCLA Hall’s of Fame.