After announcing the addition of men’s and women’s water polo as a varsity sport beginning in 2018-19, Austin College has found its head coach in Mark Lawrence. Lawrence comes to Austin College after most recently having served as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy.

Lawrence joined the Naval Academy coaching staff in 2014, and helped guide the Midshipmen to 42 victories in his three years with the program. Prior to his time with Navy, Lawrence worked as an assistant coach at Brown University, working with both the men’s and women’s water polo programs. While at Brown, he worked as the program’s recruiting coordinator and helped coach two players to Collegiate Water Polo Association North Division First Team honors.