January 14, 2013

Mark Lawrence Joins Brown Water Polo Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Mark Lawrence joins the Brown Water Polo coaching staff after spending two years at MIT as head coach of the Men's Water Polo program. Originally from Fremont, Calif., an alumni of Queens College, and member of Queen's 2002 NCAA Final Four team, Lawrence brings over 15 years of both playing and coaching experience to College Hill.

"We are very excited to have Mark Lawrence join our program," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "He brings tremendous experience at the highest level, for both men and women. We have a great history of exceptional assistant coaches here and Mark will hit the ground running to continue that tradition."

Prior to MIT, Lawrence spent time as an assistant coach with both Arizona State University and the Kazakhstan Women's National Team, helping coach the Kazakhs at the 2011 Fina World Championships. He also spent time over the years starting and rebuilding youth clubs, serving as head boys coach and club director for West Coast Aquatics in San Jose, Calif., Ohlone Renegades Club in Freemont, Calif., and Sun Devil Water Polo Club in Tempe, Ariz.

Lawrence also spent a year playing professional water polo in Australia, as well as coaching the Warrior Polo Club (Brisbane, Australia) and teaching water polo at the high school level through physical education classes.