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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Mark Lawrence, MIT’s head water polo coach, has announced that he will be stepping down as the Head Coach of the Engineers’ program. He will be moving on from MIT to become an assistant with the Brown University men’s water polo program.

“In a very short period of time, Mark Lawrence has raised the level of excellence of MIT Water Polo to new heights,” said John Benedict, MIT Associate Athletic Director and President of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). “He has been able to attract some of the best water polo talent in the United States in building one of the finest teams in the history of MIT Water Polo. We wish Mark success and are confident that Brown University will benefit greatly from his skill and leadership.”

In his first season at MIT, Lawrence led the Engineers to a 10-15 record and a fifth-place finish at the CWPA Northern Division Championship. In addition, his squad produced a pair of CWPA All-North players and was honored as the team with the highest GPA in the NCAA by the Association of Water Polo Coaches. This past season Lawrence guided MIT to an 11-14 record, a third-place finish at the Northern Division Championships, and a berth in the CWPA Eastern Division Championship. The 2012 squad had three players honored as CWPA All-North players, including the Rookie of the Year, Kale Rogers ’16.