Mark Lawrence, a former head coach at MIT and assistant at Brown University, joined the Navy water polo coaching staff in February of 2014.In his first season as an assistant coach of the program, Lawrence played an integral role in helping the Mids to a 19-12 record and nine wins over the final 11 matches of 2014. Led by Honorable Mention All-American Thomas Patterson, Lawrence and the Mids finished in third place in both the CWPA Southern and CWPA Championship tournaments. With 19 victories, Navy continued its streak of at least 19 wins in every year of the program's 33 of existence.
No stranger to the Collegiate Water Polo Association, Lawrence came to Navy with three years of CWPA experience under his belt at Brown and MIT. A member of both the men's and women's coaching staffs at Brown University in 2013, he worked with the teams in creating training sessions and managing the travel, budgeting and schedules. Lawrence also served as Brown's recruiting coordinator and oversaw the planning of home competitions and tournaments.
In 2013, Lawrence and the Brown's men's team had two players, Henry Fox and James McNamara, named to the CWPA Northern Division First Team. On the women's side, Brown was recognized twice on the CWPA All-Division First Team as Kate Woods and Madison Pepper were honored.
Prior to joining the Bears, Lawrence was the head coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two seasons in 2011 and 2012. Under his leadership, the Engineers won 21 games, including four in CWPA postseason contests.
In his final season at MIT in 2012, Lawrence helped freshman Kale Rogers set the school scoring record with 77 goals scored. In recognition of this mark, Rogers was chosen as the CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Year. Overall, five MIT athletes were named to All-Division teams while Lawrence headed the program.
His first collegiate coaching opportunity occurred at Arizona State where he was a graduate assistant for the women's team during the 2009 season.
Experienced in international competition as well, Lawrence was an assistant head coach for the Kazakhstan Women's National Team in 2011. He assisted in the re-development of the national team and coached the squad at the 2011 Fina World Championships in Shanghai, China.
Since Jan. 2013, he has been a coach with the United States Water Polo Association in the Olympic Development Program.
Lawrence's club and high school coaching experience includes time with Washington High School and the Ohlone College Youth Water Polo Club, both in Fremont, Calif.
As a player, Lawrence was a letterwinner at Queens College where he played on the school's 2002 NCAA Final Four team. He continued his playing career as a member of the Brisbane Breakers Water Polo Club in Brisbane, Australia during its 2005 season. Along with playing, Lawrence taught water polo to high school and middle school athletes throughout the Brisbane area.
Lawrence graduated from San Francisco State University in 2005 with a B.A. in English Literature.