CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ivan Ivovic has been named MIT's head water polo coach, it was announced today by MIT Director of Athletics and Department Head, Julie Soriero. Ivovic brings almost 20 years of playing and coaching experience to the Engineers' program.
"I'm excited to be joining the MIT family," Ivovic said. "This is my first head coaching position and I'm eager to take the excellent student-athletes of MIT and get them ready for the stiff competition out there. With the beautiful, state-of-the-art facility, we will truly be prepared to go as far as we can."
"We are very excited to have Ivan join our MIT family and lead the water polo program," said Assistant Director of Athletics, John Benedick. "Ivan comes to MIT with a wealth of water polo experience that includes international play and Division I and III coaching. We are confident that he will lead our already successful water polo program to new heights."
Ivovic comes to MIT from Johns Hopkins University, where he was the assistant water polo coach. The Blue Jays ended their season by winning the Division III Eastern Championships and were tied for first in the nation for Division III in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll that was released in November.
Before arriving at Johns Hopkins, Ivovic was the full-time volunteer assistant coach of both the men's and women's water polo teams at the University of Southern California, where he worked under famed coach Jovan Vavic, who has led his programs to ten national championships in his 18-year career at the university. While there, Ivovic helped run up to six practices per day and traveled with the teams to tournaments and training camps.
Ivovic started his coaching career in 2007 as the head assistant coach at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., a position he held for five years. During this time, he was the founder and the head coach of the Purple Eagles water polo club team, a year-round program for high school and junior high school athletes.
Ivovic started playing water polo at the age of eight for the Montenegrin team Rivijera in Herceg Novi, and continued to compete for them until he was 20 years old. From 2006-2009, he played for the Rockville Water Polo club team in Rockville, Md. During this time, he was also part of the University of Maryland club team that placed second at the Eastern Club Team Championship in 2008.
"I want to thank MIT for this great opportunity," Ivovic said. "I am a hard worker and firmly believe that I will justify their trust in me. I also would like to thank the head water polo coach of Johns Hopkins University who gave me my first paid job and introduced me to the East Coast water polo world."