Oct. 23, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk and water polo head coach Mike Schofield have announced that Mladen Stanicic has been elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach of the Navy water polo program. In addition to the position change, Stanicic will assume teaching duties in the physical education department.
"I am very pleased by this recognition of my many years of involvement here at the Naval Academy, especially my work over the last eight years as a full-time coach. I want to thank our Director of Athletics, Chet Gladchuk, for making this happen and Dr. Virgets and Mike Schofield for their support in this process," said Stanicic. "I grew up playing water polo in Dubrovnik, Croatia, for the very same team that contributed the most players to the 2012 Olympic gold medal team. I will continue to bring that strong water polo tradition and expectation to win here to the Naval Academy and of course, I will continue to contribute to the mission of the Naval Academy Athletic Association and the United States Naval Academy."
"This promotion for Mladen is well deserved. I can't say enough about what he has meant to our program over the years. His ability to work with our players every day and help them develop into solid Division I student-athletes has been a key to any success we've enjoyed," said Navy head coach Mike Schofield. "I'm also excited about the additional responsibilities in our Physical Education Department that come with the new position. All of the Midshipmen he works with will benefit greatly."
Stanicic is currently in his eighth season of his second stint as a member of the Navy water polo coaching staff. Stanicic began coaching at Navy in 1987. He has helped Navy to one of its best starts in school history, currently with a 19-2 record and the Midshipmen are tied for the top spot in the CWPA Southern Division race with a 5-1.
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 Schofield
was in California with another Navy squad.
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