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.
Ivan Ivovic was named Navy’s assistant water polo coach in the spring of 2017. Prior to that, he was the Director of Operations for Southern California for the men’s and women’s water polo teams (December 2015 to August 2016). He was also a Scouting Coach for the Senior USA Water Polo National Team (2015-17). Ivovic has also been the head coach for MIT Men’s and Women’s Water Polo (2013-14) and an assistant coach for Johns Hopkins (2012-13).
Ivocic started coaching in 2007 as the head water polo coach at Gonzaga College High School for five years. In 2010, he even began a year-round club team for youth athletes in the Washington, D.C. area.
His playing experience began in Belgrade, Serbia, for the Montenegrin team Rivijera when he was 8-20 years old. He also played club water polo for the Rockville Water Polo team from 2006 to 2009.
Ivovic graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in kinesiology science. He also played collegiate club water polo for the Terps.
Ivovic is also an author of the book “Dissecting the Game of Water Polo.”
Stevie Ray is 2011 US Naval Academy water polo graduate. Stevie boasts 2008 NCAA Championship appearance, All-Division and All-Conference selections and selection to US National Team Trial Series in 2010.
In his USNA water polo career Stevie recorded 92 steals, 43 assists, 137 goals, adding up to 180 career points.
Carrie Becker has had an amazing water polo career and will be joining us for our summer camp. She is the 19th inductee into the Hall of Fame, was named All-American multiple times during her collegiate career and National Player of the Year to name a few. She also participated in the Junior National and Senior National Team levels between 1987 and 1992.
Tamara Perea is the assistant women’s water polo coach at Marist College. Prior to that, she was at Pomona Pitzer working as the assistant coach for the women’s water polo team from 2013-16 and men’s in 2012.
As a player, Perea played at Pomona Pitzer. She was Southern California’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year and NCAA Division III Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, as well as Pomona-Pitzer’s Most Valuable Athlete. Perea graduated as the program’s all-time leading scorer, and helped the team win two SCIAC titles and a Division III national championship.
After graduation in 2011, she continued her playing career professionally in Madrid, Spain where she played for La Latina in 2011 and 2012.
Bogdan took his water polo steps at the 25-time national champion Water Polo Club Partizan of Belgrade, Serbia. He captained the Serbian Cadet National Team and helped lead the team to a number of championships in international play, including the 2007 Diana Cup in Bulgaria, the 2008 Balkan Games in Montenegro, the 2009 Giugno International Tournament in Italy and the 2009 International Tournament in Slovakia.
Bogdan had an outstanding NCAA water polo career with George Washington University.
Coach Foley has both played and coached at all levels of the game, allowing him to expand his knowledge of the sport for many years.
Adam played two-meter defense at the University of Redlands, a leader from the start of his collegiate career. Foley was a three-time All-SCIAC selection and a member of three SCIAC championship teams. He led Redlands to an 80-40 (.667) overall record and a stunning 33-1 (.971) mark in the SCIAC during his four-year playing career.
After his stint at Redlands, Adam coached both the men’s and women’s teams at MIT, winning a pair of CWPA Division III titles with the men in 2007 and 2010.
Adam then took on coaching the national team for Trinidad and Tobago, helping them to qualify for the Junior World Championship during his two year stint.
Coach Foley became an assistant at Johns Hopkins University, before becoming head coach at the George Washington University for the men’s and women’s squads.
He continues to expand water polo throughout the country at all levels of the game.