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.