Cambridge, Mass. – Mark Lawrence was named MIT's new head water polo coach it was announced today by MIT Director of Athletics, Julie Soriero. Lawrence, who brings over 15 years of coaching and playing experience to the Engineers' program, will be making the move to Cambridge from California where he has been the club director and head coach of the Ohlone Renegades Water Polo Club in Fremont, California.
"I would like to thank MIT for this opportunity," said Lawrence. "I am very excited for this upcoming season and building upon an already great program. I look forward to becoming a part of the MIT family."
"We are thrilled to have Mark Lawrence lead the MIT Water Polo team," said John Benedick, Assistant Director of Athletics at MIT. "Mark brings a wealth of national and international experience both as a top level athlete and high performing coach, teacher and administrator. We are confident that his leadership will bring continued and greater success to the program."
Lawrence has spent the previous two years with the Ohlone program where he designed and implemented workout programs for the team, recruited athletes into the program, arranged team travel and worked with local high schools to develop interest and participation in water polo. He has also served as the head coach of the Washington High School water polo team for the past two years.
On the international stage, Lawrence has worked as an assistant coach for the Kazakhstan women's national water polo squad for the past year. During the 2008-09 season he was a graduate assistant coach for the Arizona State women's team, a program that was consistently ranked among the top-10 that season.
Lawrence spent two seasons as a member of the water polo and swimming and diving teams at Queens College in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. where he helped the water polo squad to a Final Four appearance at the 2002 NCAA Championship. Prior to Queens College, Lawrence attended Ohlone Junior College in California where he earned all-conference and All-Northern California honors as well as being named team MVP and the Ohlone College Male Athlete of the Year. He has also been a member of the USA Northeast National Team and played professionally in Australia.
A native of Hayward, California, Lawrence completed his undergraduate course work at San Francisco State University in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.