June 13, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Felix Mercado has been tabbed to lead MIT's water polo program it was announced today by DAPER Department Head/Director of Athletics, Candace Royer. Mercado replaces U.S. Olympian Omar Amr after serving as the Engineers' assistant coach for the 2004 campaign.
Before arriving in Cambridge, Mercado spent eleven years coaching national-power Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Fla. During his tenure with the high school juggernaut, Mercado helped guide Ransom Everglades to three Florida State Championships in the boys division and coached the girls program to six straight Final Four finishes. Mercado was also the head coach and founder of the Raider Water Polo Club Foundation, and led the program to six Southeast Zone Championships.
He has offered his coaching expertise at numerous national team development camps for USA Water Polo and is the current head coach for the U.S. Water Polo Northeast Junior team.
Mercado is also the head coach of the women's club team at MIT. Completing his first year with the program in the spring, Mercado guided MIT to a 15-1 record, the squad's first appearance in the Club National Championships, and a lofty No. 5 position in the national rankings.