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Crescenta Valley High's Loporchio is a wizard of the pool deck

Crescenta Valley High aquatics' Pete Loporchio achieved plenty of success coaching, leading to him being inducted into school's athletic hall of fame.

April 30, 2014|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Former Crescenta Valley High swim and water polo coach Pete Loporchio, at the La Crescenta school on Thursday. Loporchio will be inducted into the school's hall of fame in May. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Former Crescenta Valley High swim and water polo coach…

With two coaches looking for a change of scenery at Crescenta Valley and Glendale highs, the rival schools examined the possibility of a swap among health teachers who to be manning the pool deck, as well.

It came in 1992, shortly after Chris Kaufman had already turned the Crescenta Valley boys’ swimming and water polo teams into some of the top programs in the area while also serving as a health instructor. Over at Glendale, Pete Loporchio had spent several years as a health teacher and achieving success with the Nitro boys’ water polo and swimming teams.

With Kaufman closing in on retirement and seeking to step away from coaching and Loporchio exploring new avenues, the schools were able to successfully engineer a “trade,” with Kaufman heading to Glendale just to teach, while Loporchio would continue teaching in the classroom and on the pool deck.

Crescenta Valley enjoyed a windfall with Loporchio on board, leading to a dynastic run in boys’ swimming and further stabilizing the boys’ and girls’ water polo programs.

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“I had been a referee during several Crescenta Valley water polo scrimmages in the summer of 1992,” Loporchio said. “Chris asked me at that time if I knew anybody who might be interested in taking over for him.

“I had been coaching and teaching at Glendale for the previous few years and I had an interest in maybe taking over at CV. I had lived in La Crescenta at the time shortly before I got married. It turned out the schools were able to make a trade.”

After he became coach of the swimming and water polo teams at Crescenta Valley, Loporchio would go on to oversee a juggernaut boys’ swimming team that would win four CIF Southern Section Division II championships between 1993-2000. In addition, Loporchio guided the boys’ water polo team to a CIF finals appearance in 1999 and was one of two architects, along with Peter Kim, to start a girls’ water polo team at the school in 1996.

It is for those accomplishments that Loporchio will be inducted into the Crescenta Valley High Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday at Chevy Chase Country Club in Glendale. Loporchio will be one of eight individuals to be enshrined, along with the 1998 baseball team that won a CIF Southern Section Division I crown.

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