Former CSUN swim coach Pete Accardy passed away this past Saturday at the age of 72 after losing a battle with cancer.
He spent twenty-four years as the head coach of the men’s swim team at Cal State Northridge. Fifteen of those years were spent simultaneously coaching the women’s swim team as well. He is considered by many to be the greatest head coach in the history of Matador athletics. He brought a total of thirteen NCAA championships to the school, nine men’s titles and four women’s titles. In 1982 he became the first coach in NCAA history to lead two separate teams to a national title in the same season.
During his tenure, Accardy coached over 300 NCAA Division II All-Americans including former olympian Jeff Kubiak and 14-time All-American Michelle Lee Hampton. Both athletes are members of the CSUN hall of fame and attribute much of their success to Accardy’s coaching.
Pete Accardy retired in 1993 with a combined coaching record of 425-90, one of the best in NCAA Division II history. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son, Lee, daughter-in-law Leslie, and their two sons Matthew and Kyle.