Ivovic Added to Water Polo Coaching Staff
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Ivan Ivovic joined the Navy water polo coaching staff as announced by head coach Mladen Stanicic. Ivovic brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Naval Academy, including a stint as head coach at MIT and time with the United States Water Polo National Team.
"I'm looking forward to working with Coach Ivan Ivovic," Stanicic said. "Coach Ivovic brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the program. Coming to us from Southern California, the nation's most prominent area for youth water polo, Ivan will be a true recruiting asset. He also knows the game exceptionally well, from the high school level to the Olympic level and possesses extraordinary analytical skills."
Ivovic has been involved in coaching water polo for the last 15 years, making stops at University of Southern California, Pomona-Pitzer, MIT, and Johns Hopkins. In addition, he has worked with Gonzaga College High School and the Belgrade Water Polo Club during his tenure as a coach.
In addition to his college, high school, and club experience, Ivovic has also been involved with U.S. Water Polo teams. He served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Junior National Men's Water Polo Team and as scouting coach with the Senior U.S. National Men's Water Polo Team.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, played for the Montenegrin team Rivijera from the age of eight through the age of 20. He also played club water polo for the Rockville Water Polo team from 2006 to 2009.
Ivovic has a degree in kinesiology science from the University of Maryland, where he graduated summa cum laude (3.97 GPA) with high honors in 2009. He played collegiate club water polo for the Terps, which placed second at the Eastern Club Team Championships in 2008.
Ivovic is also an author of the book "Dissecting the Game of Water Polo."