Paul Wacker is an eleven time national champion in water polo and a 1983 Hall of Fame Inductee.  

Wacker was born July 11th, 1903 in New York City, and later attended Columbia University.  

Wacker was an eleven time national champion with the Club’s water polo team, winning six indoor titles (1929-1931, 1934-1936) and five outdoor (1929, 1931, 1934-1936). Additionally, he served as team captain from 1932 to 1935.  

In 1945, Wacker became the coach of the NYAC water polo team, a position he held until 1960. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Wacker also served on the Olympic Water Polo Committee.  

In 1970, Wacker passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. Later that year, the Club held the first annual Paul Wacker Cup, a water polo tournament, in his honor. Wacker was posthumously inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1976, and the NYAC Hall of Fame in 1983, for his accomplishments and services to the sport.