Mladen Stanicic was named Head Coach of the Navy Water Polo on December 20, 2013. This is his ninth season and his second stint as Navy water polo coach. 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.
Coach Alex runs the Navy AC Water Polo out of the Claude Moore facilities. Claude Moore Recreation Center is located at Claude Moore Recreation Center, 46105 Loudoun Park Ln, Sterling, VA, 20164.
Kacie Owens joined Navy AC Water Polo as a coach in 2015working mainly with the Novice group. Prior to coaching, Kacie was a member of the Naval Academy Aquatics Club for 9 years as a swimmer and water polo player. She attended Junior Olympics and many other tournaments as a player prior to graduating high school.
In addition to coaching water polo, Kacie spent many years as swim coach and is currently Level 3 ASCA certified. As a swim coach, Kacie coached for Cape St. Claire and Indian Landing swim clubs, Severna Park High School, and Annapolis Swim Club. Most notably, as head coach the inaugural season of the Severna Park Falcons, Kacie was able to coach the team to win several titles including Girls State Champions. The success in coaching the Falcons led Kacie to be named the Capital Gazette Coach of the year.
Kacie continued her water polo career, playing for the Division I University of Maryland for 2 seasons while earning her BS in Family Studies.