About the coach...

Pete SchulerPete Schuler Women's Water Polo Coach Cuesta College- Women's Water Polo 


Pete was hired as Cuesta's first women's water polo coach in March 1999 and continues to serve as the school’s Director of Athletic Communications.   He led the Cougars to a 21-9-1 mark and into the playoffs, where they ended their inaugural campaign within a game of the State Championship Tournament.   The Cougars have posted a 387-244-3 record in twenty seasons and reached the playoffs eight times.

Pete's water polo experience is extensive. He came to Cuesta as a student in 1989 and led Cuesta to two-year record of 65-5 record and two CCCAA State Water Polo Championship games. He was named All-American First Team after both seasons and Cuesta finished as state runner's up both years. He continued his education at Pepperdine University where he was a two-time NCAA All American and twice led the Waves to the NCAA Championship Tournament. He was named to the NCAA all-tournament team in 1991. Pete graduated from Pepperdine in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. In 1994, he also earned a bronze medal at the US Olympic Festival in St. Louis and continued to train with the US National Team until 1996. He continues to compete in water polo tournaments with the SLO Polo Master’s team. Pete earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, with distinction, at nearby Cal Poly SLO.

Pete's first coaching job was with the Cal Poly SLO women's club team in 1990 and 1991, while he was also playing at Cuesta. While at Pepperdine, he coached perennial powerhouse Foothill High and first-year program Malibu High. He also coached Cal Poly's men's club team in 1996 and served as the Cougars’ men’s water polo assistant from 1994-1998.

Pete lives in Cayucos with his daughter Norah