Collegiate Water Polo Community Mourns San Jose State’s Tully

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Tributes and condolences made their way quickly to social media outlets upon the news that San Jose State women’s head coach Lou Tully had died on Tuesday due to complications from cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2008. Tully was 70.

Involved in water polo in the South Bay since the 1960s, Tully made his mark on generations of local players and coaches as the San Jose State Athletics web site detailed.

Princeton Coach Luis Nicolao, who first met Tully nearly 30 years ago as an age group swimmer at San Jose Aquatics, called him “a great guy,” and fondly recalled competing against the well-liked coach. “[H]e was your friend first. The outcome of the game was always second.”

Ivy League colleague Ted Minnis from Harvard met Tully early in his Bay Area coaching career and was similarly complimentary saying that Tully “…was always willing to help young coaches become better coaches.”

“He wanted to see water polo grow, and would always share his passion for the sport. He will be missed.”

A selection of comments from Twitter:

We are saddened by the passing of Lou Tully, SJSU’s first and only women’s WP head coach. RIP
— SJSU POLO (@sjsupolo) December 18, 2013

The water polo world lost a great coach mentor and friend Lou You will be missed thanks for all you did for the sport we love!
— Harvard Water Polo (@HarvardH2OPolo) December 18, 2013

We lost a great man yesterday, RIP Lou Tully, you will be missed.
— Princeton Water Polo (@Pwaterpolo) December 18, 2013

My heart hurts after hearing about the loss of Lou Tully. Going to miss you! 20+ yrs & you never failed to make me smile @SJSUwaterpolo
— Adam Krikorian (@WaterPoloCoachK) December 18, 2013

USA Water Polo mourns the loss of @SJSUwaterpolo Women’s Water Polo Coach Lou Tully
— USA Water Polo (@USAWP) December 18, 2013

Lou Tully San Jose State founder builder and champion. Lost his battle to cancer, fighting but staying positive to the end. #muchlove
— Matt Anderson (@Bluepolo) December 18, 2013

The CWPA mourns the loss of San Jose State head coach Lou Tully

— CWPA (@CWPAWaterPolo) December 18, 2013