Brown's Felix Mercado Elected to CWPA Board of Directors

Brown head coach Felix Mercado
Brown head coach Felix Mercado

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Brown University Head Water Polo Coach Felix Mercado was elected to the Collegiate Water Polo Association Board of Directors at the organization's annual meeting on June 4.

Mercado, who was elected to fulfill the final year of former Bucknell University head coach John Zeigler's two-year term, joins C.S. McKee Senior Vice President Mark Gensheimer, California State University-Maritime Academy Director of Athletics Marv Christopher and University of Michigan head coach Matt Anderson in serving on the board with President/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assistant Director of Athletics John Benedick, Vice President/George Washington University head coach Scott Reed and CWPA Commissioner Dan Sharadin.

The seven-member Board of Directors is charged with enforcing the rules and guidelines of the CWPA established by the league membership. 

The election marks Mercado's second governing body selection this year as he was appointed to the NCAA Men's Water Polo Committee in February. Mercado's term of service on the NCAA committee will commence on Sept. 1, 2008, and run through Sept. 1, 2012.

The NCAA water polo committee oversees the conduct of the NCAA Championship and playing rules. The six-member panel is made up of three representatives from Division I -- one from each subdivision -- one from Division II, one from Division III and one at-large member.

Mercado, who completed his first year as head coach of the men's and women's programs at Brown, was honored by the CWPA this year with the Northern Division Coach of the Year award in both seasons.

He led the Brown women to a No.-20 national ranking, a 16-15 record and fifth place at the 2008 Eastern Championship at the University of Michigan in earning the women's Northern Division Coach of the Year award.

Mercado won his second men's Northern Division Coach of the Year award this fall, after leading the Brown men to a No.-20 ranking, a 20-11 record and a fourth place finish at the 2007 Eastern Championship at Harvard University. He won the same award the previous fall at MIT, also being named Division III Coach of the Year. As the head coach of MIT's club women's team last spring, he was named the North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, meaning he has won his conference's Coach of the Year Award each of the past four seasons.

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