BERKELEY –Richard Corso, the most successful head coach in Cal women's water polo history, is stepping down after 11 seasons leading the Golden Bears program, effective Sept. 1.
Corso is a member of the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame and compiled a record of 227-98 during his time in Berkeley. That included four trips to the NCAA Championships in the past six years and a national runner-up finish in 2011.
"We'd like to thank Rich for all of his contributions to our women's water polo program," Cal Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "We wish him nothing but the best in the future."
During his time at Cal, Corso helped mentor several Olympians, including 2016 Olympians Roser Tarrago, Dora Antal and Anna Illes. He had previously served as head coach for both the U.S. Men's Olympic Team and the Canadian Men's Olympic Team.
The Bears were a perennial top-10 team under Corso. Cal never finished lower than No. 6 in the final CWPA rankings during his entire tenure in Berkeley, which began in 2005.
"I walk away proud of my successes at Berkeley and the influence that I have had on my teams and my fellow coaches here at Cal," Corso said. "I will continue to focus on the well-being of my current team and their overall academic and water polo endeavors until Sept. 1."
A national search for Corso's successor will begin immediately.