William H. McCarthy is a national champion in water polo, a 1993 USA Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee, a former NYAC President and a 1985 Hall of Fame inductee.
William McCarthy was born on July 5th, 1911, in Gramercy Park, New York. Staying true to his New York City roots, McCarthy attended Fordham University and competed on the NYAC’s water polo team.
Throughout the mid to late 1930s, McCarthy served as captain of the Club’s water polo team, and led them to several national championships. However, he was forced to put his water polo career on hold in the early 1940s when he joined the armed forces. McCarthy served as a US Navy Commander in WWII, from 1941 through 1945. After completing his service, he continued to play water polo. McCarthy played on the 1948 and 1949 AAU Senior National water polo teams, and competed in the 1948 US Olympic trials.
McCarthy continued to advocate for amateur athletics even after his water polo career had ended. He served as a member of the NYAC Board of Governors, as Club Captain, and was elected President in 1976. Overall, McCarthy spent over 70 years as a member of the NYAC. For his service and dedication to the Club, both in and out of the pool, McCarthy was elected to the NYAC Hall of Fame in 1985. McCarthy is also a member of the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1993.
William McCarthy died on March 4th, 2003 at the age of 91.