Feb. 5, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy water polo program under the direction of head coach Mladen Stanicic announced on Wednesday the addition of Mark Lawrence to its coaching staff. Lawrence joins the Mids after his most recent stint as an assistant coach at Brown University.
“I am looking forward to working with Mark. He brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the program,” said Stanicic. “He is a proven recruiter and also knows the game. Mark is a former center and our already-formidable front line will certainly benefit from his expertise in that specialty position.”
"I am extremely honored and thankful to the US Naval Academy for this opportunity to work in such a prestigious environment,” said Lawrence. “I look forward to beginning this new journey with such distinguished young men, and building off of the success of the current program."
No stranger to the Collegiate Water Polo Association, Lawrence comes 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.
This past season, 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.