June 25, 2014
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Former Navy water polo head coach Mike Schofield will join an elite group of collegiate water polo figures as a member of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Hall of Fame induction Class of 2014, the organization announced on Tuesday. The head coach of the Mids for 28 years, Schofield will be honored during the 2014 CWPA Championship on November 21-23 at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis.
He becomes the 26th inductee into the CWPA Hall of Fame as the list of honorees includes: Richard Hunkler (Slippery Rock University/Coach, 2002), Dick Russell (Bucknell University/Coach, 2002), Lynn Kachmarik (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, Bucknell University/Coach, 2003), Ed Reed (Brown University/Coach, 2003), John Barrett (University of Maryland/Athlete, 2004), Paul Barren (West Chester University/Referee, 2004), Sue Kolczak (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2005), George Gross (Yale University/Athlete, 2005), Robbie Bova (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2006), Scott Schulte (Bucknell University/Athlete, 2006), Katie Grogan (University of Massachusetts/Athlete, 2007), Russ Yarworth (University of Massachusetts/Coach, 2007), Betsey Armstrong (University of Michigan/Athlete, 2008), Tom Popp (United States Naval Academy/Athlete, 2008), Diane Stein Swigart (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2009), Lars Enstrom (Brown University/Athlete, 2009), Leslie Entwistle (Slippery Rock University/Athlete, 2010), Chris Judge (Fordham University/Athlete, 2010), Carrie Basye-Becker (Slippery Rock University, University of Maryland/Athlete, 2011), John Benedick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Coach, Administrator, 2011), Kristin Stanford (Indiana University/Athlete, 2012), Mark Gensheimer (Bucknell University/Athlete, 2012), Adele McCarthy-Beauvais (Princeton University/Athlete, 2013), Simon Gould (University of Arkansas-Little Rock/Athlete, 2013) and Tom Tracey (Villanova University/Director of Officials, 2014).
He is the sixth inductee to join the Hall of Fame exclusively on their coaching talents joining Hunkler, Russell, Reed, Benedick and Yarworth. Amongst Naval Academy greats he is the second CWPA Hall of Fame inductee to showcase their talents for the Blue and Gold, joining 2008 selection Tom Popp
During Schofield's time coaching the Mids, he led the program to nine CWPA/Eastern Championships and 13 NCAA tournament appearances. Twenty-one Navy athletes earned 31 All-America honors under Schofield, and Navy was represented on the All-America team in each of the last 14 years of his career.
He finished his career at the Naval Academy in September of 2013 as the school's all-time winningest coach, compiling 631 wins. Schofield took over the crown in 2011 as he surpassed baseball's Joe Duff, who had 595 career wins, in a 16-3 win over Salem International Universty in the CWPA Southern Division Tournament. He then recorded his 600th career win with a 12-10 victory over Brown University in the CWPA Championship semifinals, propelling the Midshipmen into their seventh straight league title game appearance.
In his last full season on the sidelines in 2012, Schofield guided the Midshipmen to a 23-6 record and a CWPA Southern Division regular-season championship. The Midshipmen bolted out to a 20-2 record in 2012, one of its best starts in school history, and scored 467 goals, an average of 16.1 goals per game.