Mladen Stanicic returns for his eighth season of his second stint as Navy water polo assistant coach. Stanicic began coaching at Navy in 1987.
Last year, Navy recorded a 24-7 record and reached the CWPA Eastern Championship game for the league-record seventh straight time.
Stanicic helped the team to a 25-7 record a year ago and the CWPA Southern Division title and an appearance in the CWPA Eastern title game for the sixth straight year during the 2010 season.
Three years ago, Stanicic helped the team to a 22-9 record and the CWPA regular-season co-championship and tournament title.
Stanicic served as an interim coach for eight games during the 2007 season, leading the Mids to a 7-1 mark during those games, while starting the team off on its school record 19-game winning streak. He also filled in for a pair of wins in the 2011 season against Connecticut College and Harvard, while head coach Mike Scho
field was in California with another Navy squad.
The two head coaching stints gives Stanicic a brilliant 9-1 coaching record.
"It would be hard to list all of the areas of our program that Mladen has helped make better - he does great work with our goalies, our shooters, our young guys, and runs much of our extra man offense," said Schofield. "Administratively, he is very skilled and has a great feel for every aspect of our program."
After immigrating to the United States, he briefly volunteered as a coach for the Fordham University men's water polo team. After relocating to Annapolis, Stanicic joined the Naval Academy Aquatics Club as a coach. He also volunteered with the men's varsity team as an assistant coach, particularly in 1988, helping the Mids to win the Eastern Championship and participate at the NCAA Tournament.
He continued in his role as volunteer coach with varying degrees of engagement. After 1988, he specialized in coaching the Navy goalkeepers.
Throughout the years following 1988, Stanicic continued to work with the Naval Academy Aquatic Club and led both men's and women's teams to several national championships including the Women's Open in 1999 and multiple-age group titles in 20 and under, 18 and under, 16 and under and 14 and under competitions.
He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Split at Zadar, Croatia, in 1981.
Mladen and his wife, Miriam, are the parents of Maro (31) and Blaise (24). Miriam serves as the USNA Director of Community Relations.
Both Miriam and Mladen are also high-level interpreters and translators with the U.S. Government, including the Department of Defense. Their assignments have included interpreting for U.S. and foreign heads of state, Secretaries of State, Secretaries of Defense and Chiefs of Defense. Their translating work included non-proliferation and export control treaties. In this capacity they accompanied President and Mrs. Bush on their visit to Zagreb, Croatia, following 2008 NATO summit. More recently, he has served as an interpretor for Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Maro is a former Naval Academy Aquatic Club swimmer and water polo player while Blaise is was a standout at Maryland, receiving a pair of All-American honors by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches becoming the first all-American in the six-year history of Maryland water polo. Since graduating, she has helped WPC Mladost, Zagreb, Croatia to win 2010 National Championship and Croatian National Team to compete at the 2010 European Championship and served as an assistant coach on the men's and women's teams at George Washington University.