Schroeder Earns Spot in Academic All-America Hall of Fame
The water polo icon will become the first Pepperdine alum to be inducted.
May 10, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine head coach and water polo legend Terry Schroederwill become the first Wave to be inducted into the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla., next month.
The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at the Marriott World Center during the upcoming CoSIDA and NACDA conventions.
Schroeder was a three-time All-American water polo player for the Waves. He set school records that still stand for goals in a career (392) and season (138 in 1978), and led the nation in scoring in both 1977 and 1978. He was a sports medicine major who graduated magna cum laude with a 3.80 grade-point average in 1981.
He's being inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in the "honorary" category, which celebrates individuals that would surely have been Academic All-Americans had the program existed for their sport at the time they competed.
Schroeder began playing with the U.S. National Team in 1977 after his sophomore season at Pepperdine. Over a 35-year period, he became one of the most iconic figures in the history of American water polo. Schroeder was a six-time Olympian as a coach or athlete and was part of three silver-medal winning teams. He was the U.S. National Team captain from 1983-92 and played on the team for 16 years. He was a four-time Olympian (including the boycotted 1980 Moscow Games) who won silver medals in 1984 and 1988.
He came back to Pepperdine to serve as the men's water polo head coach for a 20-year stretch between 1986-2005, winning the 1997 NCAA championship and posting a record of 340-220 (.607). He stepped away to work with USA Water Polo, and as the head coach between 2007 and 2012, he led the U.S. at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics (winning silver at the 2008 Beijing Games).
Schroeder has since returned to Pepperdine as head coach and will be in his first season back this fall.
As if that's not enough, Schroeder also earned a doctorate and operates a chiropractic office in Westlake Village, Calif.
He received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 2006, was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (2005), U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame (1998) and the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame (1985), and has been nominated for the USA Olympic Hall of Fame. He carried the U.S. flag at the closing ceremonies of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
The four other inductees in the class of 2013 are Pat Tillman (Arizona State football), Elfi Schlegel (Florida gymnastics), Thomas Vanaskie (Lycoming football) and Bruce Melnick (U.S. Coast Guard Academy football).
They will bring the total number of Academic All-America Hall of Fame inductees to 127.