Dr. Terry Schroeder is the USA’s only four time Olympian in the sport of water polo. He was a member of Team USA during the Olympic boycott in 1980. After the boycott, Terry re-focused and dedicated himself to pursuing his Olympic dream. In 1981, he was named the team captain. His leadership helped the team to consecutive silver medals in 1984 and 1988. At the Closing Ceremonies of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, he was selected to carry the American flag for USA delegation.
After a brief two-year retirement, Schroeder decided to return to the pool in 1990 to train for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He had an immediate impact and Team USA won the World Cup for the first time ever in 1991. Team USA finished fourth at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.
In 1981 and 1985, Schroeder was named the best water polo player in the world. He was also selected as the model for the Olympic torso statue which stands to this day at the entrance of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Since retiring from the sport in 1992 as an athlete, Schroeder has established himself as a world class coach. In 2007, Terry was chosen Head Coach of the USA Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team. At that time, Team USA team was ranked 9th in the world and in a state of disarray as the team had gone through three coaches in three years.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA Men’s Water Polo squad became one of the amazing stories of the Games. The USA squad made a remarkable run in Beijing with upset victories over Italy, Croatia, Germany and Serbia to forge their way into the championship game. USA fell to Hungary 14-10 in the gold medal game, but gained international recognition in returning to the podium for the first time in 20 years.
He also coached the USA Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team for the London 2012 Olympic games. Schroeder is currently the head coach at Pepperdine University.
As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Dr. Schroeder is in demand to make personal appearances to talk about life lessons he has learned as a world-class athlete and an Olympic Coach. Schroeder has authored chapters in two books -- The Spine in Sports by Robert Watkins M.D. and Awaken the Olympian Within by Olympic swimmer John Naber.
Dr. Terry Schroeder is the third generation chiropractor. A native of Santa Barbara, California, Schroeder is a 1981 Magna Cum Laude Sports Medicine graduate of Pepperdine University and a 1986 Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Schroeder has been married to his wife Lori, also a chiropractor for 25 years. They own and operate Schroeder Center for Healthy Living in Westlake Village, California. The Schroeder’s have two children Leanna (10/14/94) and Sheridan (8/10/01).