Thursday’s mid-season resignation of Navy Coach Mike Schofield stunned the American water polo community and produced an outpouring of thanks and support via Twitter yesterday. Schofield left the US Naval Academy its most successful coach ever with 631 victories, 13 NCAA Tournament bids, and nine Eastern Championships. Under his leadership the Midshipmen have dominated eastern opponents with a 150-29 record in the past nine seasons.
But four consecutive years of falling short of an Eastern title, and a difficult start to the 2013 season including a seven-game losing streak (five against CWPA foes) may have contributed to the coach’s departure. In the release announcing his departure Schofield thanked the current roster of players saying, “[t]hey give us everything they have every day, and deserve the same from the head coach and I’m unable to provide that.”
The Midshipmen are in California to take on Concordia and UC San Diego today, now under the helm of long-time assistant Mladen Stanicic.
Fans took to Twitter soon after the announcement to offer thanks and congratulations to the coach.
LCWP Sports would like to thank Coach Mike Schofield for his contributions to the sport of water polo for 30+ years – Thank you coach.
— LEFTCOASTWATERPOLO (@LCWPSPORTS) September 26, 2013
The CWPA and the water polo community lost a great coach today with Mike Schofield’s retirement. Best of luck coach Schofield!
— W&J Water Polo (@dubjaywaterpolo) September 26, 2013