Former wrestler enjoyed outstanding MMA career until 2016
UC Davis led 2-0 to start, pulled to within three in second half
UC Davis hosts two-time defending national champs on Sunday at noon.
Although his coaching career began with stints at UCLA, Occidental and UC Santa Barbara, Dettamanti is best known for his career at Stanford (1977-2001). There, he guided the Cardinal to eight national championships plus six second-place finishes at the NCAA championship. Dettamanti earned NCAA Coach of the Year six times. A dozen of his players were members of the U.S. Olympic Team.
An All-Far Western Conference honoree in both swimming and water polo, Dettamanti earned his degree in engineering from UC Davis in 1965. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers to fulfill his military commitment, then entered the coaching ranks as an assistant at UCLA in 1969.
Dettamanti entered the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2002. A year later, he was enshrined in Stanford's Athletic Hall of Fame.