Pete Cutino was one of the most respected and well-known water polo coaches in the country.
During his 26-year tenure as the head men's water polo coach at Cal, Cutino compiled an impressive 519-172-10 career record as the Bears captured eight NCAA titles. His last team in 1988 won a school record 33 games enroute to a second straight national championship. Cutino was a four-time Pac-10 and NCAA Coach of the Year (1974, '75, '83, '88) and was awarded the Master Coach Award - the highest honor given to an aquatics coach. In 1999, the Peter J. Cutino Award was established in conjunction with the San Francisco Olympic Club, in his honor, presented to the top male and female collegiate water polo players in the nation.
While at the helm at Cal, Cutino coached 68 All-Americans, six Pac-10 and NCAA Players of the Year and five Olympians, including current Cal head coach Kirk Everist.
In addition to his coaching duties with the Bears, Cutino also spent time as the head coach of the U.S. National team (1972-76), the U.S.A. Olympic team (1976) and the United States team at the World University Games in Yugoslavia (1987).
Cutino graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1957 and earned a master's degree in education from Cal Poly in 1959. While at Cal Poly, he was a three-time water polo all-conference selection. Prior to taking over the Cal program in the fall of 1963, as both the men's water polo and swimming coach, Cutino was the head water polo and swimming coach at Oxnard High School. While at Oxnard, his swim teams compiled an impressive 64-8 record and five county championships in the early 60's, while the water polo team went 80-12 during his stint.
When Pete Cutino died in 2004 at age 71—along with friends, family, local and national sports and community leaders—some 1200 of his former players attended his memorial service.