Mladen Stanicic assistant coache to US Navy water polo
1/24/2005 - Men's Water Polo
Navy Water Polo Adds Two Assistant Coaches
Mike Schofield has announced that Mladen Stanicic and Kevin Foster will join his staff as assistant coaches.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy water polo head coach Michael Schofield has announced that Mladen Stanicic and Kevin Foster will join his staff for the upcoming season. Stanicic will be an assistant coach, while Foster will serve as a volunteer assistant. The Mids posted a 19-12 record last season, their 23rd straight season with at least 19 wins.
Stanicic is a graduate of the University of Split, Croatia and has worked with the Naval Academy Aquatic Club since 1988. His Navy AC women's team has been the top club team in the East for many years, with many graduates earning scholarships to top NCAA programs. He has developed numerous NCAA All-Americans, both male and female, and is recongnized as one of the top goalie coaches in the U.S. Stanicic and his wife Miriam, daughter Blaise, and son Maro reside in Arnold.
Foster, from Davis, Calif., is a 2003 graduate of Princeton University, and played under Navy grad and current Princeton coach Luis Nicolao, earning All-American honors all four years with the Tigers. He spent 2004 playing professionally in Adelaide, Australia and was the top foreign goal scorer in the Australian pro league. Kevin's older brother, Sean, graduated from Navy in 2001, and was a two-time All-American and Eastern Championship MVP in 2000. He is currently flying P-3's in the Navy.
"I think we have really strengthened our program with Mladen and Kevin. Anyone who has watched us play over the past couple years would tell you that we are a bit weak in the goal and at the center position," said Schofield. "Mladen has developed multiple national team goalies in both genders, and Kevin is one of the best centers to have ever played in our conference. They will be a big help and I think our players are really happy about having these two with us. Both of them know our program and our players very well, and have already made a positive impact on our practices."
The duo joins Schofield, who ranks as Navy's all-time winningest coach. He will enter his 21st season with a career 442-177-1 record at Navy.