About Rich

Welcome to the revised version of this website dedicated primarily to the College of San Mateo Swimmers, Divers, and Water Polo Players who attended CSM between the years of 1963 and 1978. The website revolves around a child who was born in San Francisco and moved to Redwood City where he raised his family. His 60 year involvement with water polo began when the saw his first water polo game while a freshman at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California. Interest being peaked, led him into participation on high school water polo and swimming teams that concluded with induction into the Sequoia Sports Hall of Fame. At the conclusion of two years at Menlo College he enrolled at San Jose State and joined the Water Polo and Swimming teams culminating with induction into the San Jose State Hall of Fame. Water polo competition continued as a member of the San Francisco Olympic Club with induction into the Olympic Club’s Hall of Fame.
Rich’s first teaching job was in 1960 at the brand new San Carlos High School in Physical Education and as the Don’s Swimming and Water Polo coach. In 1963 the College of San Mateo hired Rich as a Physical Education instructor and the coach for the Intercollegiate aquatics progam where he coached CSM Bulldog Water polo for 16 years and and Swimming for 9 years. In 1969 and 1973, Rich was selected as the head coach of the United States Water Polo Team who participated in the Maccabiah Games held in Israel.
Rich has been noted for his sense of humor some of which is generated from his Pet Peeves and Favorite Expressions.
Rich retired from his full-time position as a Physical Educator at  the College of San Mateo in June of 1998. The circumstances surrounding this retirement were unique and are explained in a segment of this website dedicated to the 6000 teachers and administrators who were treated unfairly by the California State Teacher’s Retirement System that ended, unfavorably, in a class action lawsuit. 

2017 Bulldog Get Together

On July 15, 2017 a group of Water Polo players and Swimmers, primarily from the 1971 and 1972 teams, gathered at our home to celebrate the friendship of Bulldog teammates that has existed for over 46 years. At the same time we acknowledged the passing of two members of those teams and the fond memories associated with Jim Polk (2015) and Bob Quist (2016).

Memorial to Jim Polk and Bob Quist
L to R: Mike Speckman, Bob Shannon, Pete Madison, Mike Lesnewsky, Dan Zabel, Jim Engel, Steve Bennett, Jef Citron, John Skedd, Bill Purcell, Howard Delano, Alan Yee, Karl Utzinger, Rich Donner, Rich Kuntze

We concluded the afternoon by sharing “Bob and Jim” stories
and being entertained by Steve Bennett who wrote and sang a song
dedicated to Bulldog Pride (click link to listen)

The spirt of the gathering was summarized in the Bulldog Pride lyrics
of a song written and sung by Steve Bennett:
“Well, it was quite and honor to play for Donner.
We put our trust in him.
He said you are Bulldog brothers, you put your trust in each other.
and you will always come away with a win.”