Mladen Stanicic was named Head Coach of the Navy Water Polo on December 20, 2013. Stanicic began coaching at Navy in 1988.
After immigrating to the United States, he briefly volunteered as a coach for the Fordham University men’s water polo team. After relocating to Annapolis, Stanicic joined the Naval Academy Aquatics Club as a coach. Before becoming a full time varsity coach in 2005, he also volunteered with the men’s varsity team as an assistant coach, starting in 1988. He helped the Mids to numerous Eastern Championship and 4 NCAA Tournaments.
He continued in his role as volunteer coach with varying degrees of engagement. Since 1988, coaching the Navy goalkeepers has been his specialty, producing a number of All-East and All-American selectees.
Throughout the years following 1988, Stanicic continued to work with the Naval Academy Aquatic Club and led both men’s and women’s teams to 14 national championships including the Women’s Open in 1999 and multiple-age group titles in 20 and under, 18 and under, 16 and under and 14 and under competitions.
He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Split at Zadar, Croatia, in 1981 and is married with two children. Both of his children have participated in the Naval AC water polo program.