The Coaches

Our Team

NAVY Head Coach
Luis Nicolao
nicolao@usna.edu

He directed the Princeton men and women to a combined to eighteen Southern titles , eight Eastern crowns and made seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Collectively, Luis coached 29 Princeton student-athletes to a combined 65 All-America accolades with 15 men's team members collecting 34 All-America honors and 14 women tallying 31 All-America distinctions.

NAVY Assistant Coach
Tom Popp
popp@usna.edu

Tom Popp was officially named the assistant water polo coach at the U.S. Naval Academy in July of 2018. A member of the USNA Class of 1989, Popp was a standout for the Midshipmen as an athlete, earning All-America and All-East selection honors, graduating as the all-time leader in career assists in Academy history.

NAVY Assistant Coach
Mike Mulvey
mulvey@usna.edu

As a four-year starter at Navy, Mulvey led the Midshipmen to a 96-31 record (.756), three-consecutive Eastern Championships and three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Mulvey was named an All-American as a junior (honorable mention) and senior (third team). He finished his career with 314 points, 205 goals, and 109 assists. When he finished his career he ranked fifth in school history in points, sixth in career goal, and second – behind Popp – in assists.

George Washington
Head Coach
Barry King
baking@gwu.edu

Barry King has taken the GW water polo programs to new heights in his two seasons at the helm. The veteran coach led the men's program to its first conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2017 before earning a repeat title and won their first game in the national tournament in 2018.

Salem International
Women's Head Coach / Aquatic Director
Robert Bullion
RBullion@salemu.edu

Robert Bullion is in his ninth year at Salem University, currently serving as head men’s water polo coach and aquatics director. He has also served as the Tigers’ head women’s water polo coach and head men’s and women’s swimming coach at Salem.

Austin College
Head Coach
Mark Lawrence
mlawrence@austincollege.edu

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.

John Hopkins University
Head Coach
Max Schegel
schlegelmh@gmail.com

Max Schlegel was promoted to head coach in February 2019 after serving as an assistant for the Blue Jays from 2016 to 2018. He came to Homewood after a two-year stint as the head coach at Calvert Hall.

St. Francis Brooklyn
Women's Water Polo Head Coach/Men's Water Polo Assistant Coach
Alana Burgess
aburgess@sfc.edu

Alana Burgess enters her first season as women's water polo head coach in 2020 after serving as an assistant on staff for the 2019 campaign. In 2019 she helped guide the Terriers to their most regular season wins since 2011 and most conference wins since 2012.

Princeton University
Head Women's Water Polo Coach/Assistant Men's Coach
Derek Ellingson
dellings@princeton.edu

Derek Ellingson just wrapped up his first season as head coach of the women's water polo program. He will begin his 15th season working with the Tigers' men's water polo program in 2019. Prior to joining the Princeton staff in the summer of 2004, Ellingson spent five years coaching at his alma mater, Queens College, first as an assistant and then as the men’s and women’s head coach.

Retired Legendary
Coronado High School Coach
Randy Burgess

Randy Burgess won 715 games during his 33 years of coaching water polo at Coronado High School. He led the boys’ team to 16 section championships and the girls team to three titles before he announced his retirement in 2015.

Our Team

NAVY Head Coach
Luis Nicolao
nicolao@usna.edu

He directed the Princeton men and women to a combined to eighteen Southern titles , eight Eastern crowns and made seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Collectively, Luis coached 29 Princeton student-athletes to a combined 65 All-America accolades with 15 men's team members collecting 34 All-America honors and 14 women tallying 31 All-America distinctions.

NAVY Assistant Coach
Tom Popp
popp@usna.edu

Tom Popp was officially named the assistant water polo coach at the U.S. Naval Academy in July of 2018. A member of the USNA Class of 1989, Popp was a standout for the Midshipmen as an athlete, earning All-America and All-East selection honors, graduating as the all-time leader in career assists in Academy history.

George Washington
Head Coach
Barry King
baking@gwu.edu

Barry King has taken the GW water polo programs to new heights in his two seasons at the helm. The veteran coach led the men's program to its first conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2017 before earning a repeat title and won their first game in the national tournament in 2018.

Salem International
Women's Head Coach / Aquatic Director
Robert Bullion
RBullion@salemu.edu

Robert Bullion is in his ninth year at Salem University, currently serving as head men’s water polo coach and aquatics director. He has also served as the Tigers’ head women’s water polo coach and head men’s and women’s swimming coach at Salem.

Austin College
Head Coach
Mark Lawrence
mlawrence@austincollege.edu

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.

John Hopkins University
Head Coach
Max Schegel
schlegelmh@gmail.com

Max Schlegel was promoted to head coach in February 2019 after serving as an assistant for the Blue Jays from 2016 to 2018. He came to Homewood after a two-year stint as the head coach at Calvert Hall.

St. Francis Brooklyn
Women's Water Polo Head Coach/Men's Water Polo Assistant Coach
Alana Burgess
aburgess@sfc.edu

Alana Burgess enters her first season as women's water polo head coach in 2020 after serving as an assistant on staff for the 2019 campaign. In 2019 she helped guide the Terriers to their most regular season wins since 2011 and most conference wins since 2012.

Princeton University
Head Women's Water Polo Coach/Assistant Men's Coach
Derek Ellingson
dellings@princeton.edu

Derek Ellingson just wrapped up his first season as head coach of the women's water polo program. He will begin his 15th season working with the Tigers' men's water polo program in 2019. Prior to joining the Princeton staff in the summer of 2004, Ellingson spent five years coaching at his alma mater, Queens College, first as an assistant and then as the men’s and women’s head coach.

Retired Legendary
Coronado High School Coach
Randy Burgess

Randy Burgess won 715 games during his 33 years of coaching water polo at Coronado High School. He led the boys’ team to 16 section championships and the girls team to three titles before he announced his retirement in 2015.