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Navy's 2014-15 Head Coaches

The Naval Academy Athletic Association has assembled one of the best coaching staffs in America. The 2013-14 season was another successful one for Navy athletics, both on the field of competition and in the classroom. Navy varsity athletic teams sported a .642 winning percentage, won 12 conference titles and earned the Patriot League Presidents' Cup crown for the second time in three years. Those team successes went along with Mids garnering 16 All-America awards, six CoSIDA Academic All-Americans laurels and 16 conference athletes-of-the-year honors. Additionally, Navy's coaches received 11 conference coach-of the-year accolades. The Mids also tied for 10th in the country in graduation rates (90 percent) for athletic departments that play FBS football.


Paul Kostacopoulos Baseball
Paul Kostacopoulos
10th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5571
E-Mail: kostacop@usna.edu
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• In nine seasons as head coach of the Navy baseball team, has become the program's third-winningest head coach with 256 victories in Annapolis.
• Led Navy to its fourth consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2014 after finishing fourth in the regular season.
• In 2011, guided Navy to its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance after the Mids captured both the Patriot League regular season and tournament crowns.
• Prior to the Naval Academy, served as the head coach at both Providence and Maine where he led each school to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths.
Ian Burman Intercollegiate Sailing
Ian Burman
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5617
E-Mail: burman@usna.edu
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• The Navy women's IC Sailing team placed third at the 2014 National Championship, its highest finish in more than 10 years.
• Has led Navy to four ICSA Coed National top-10 finishes in his six years, including a seventh-place showing following the 2011 season. His team was ninth in the 2013 Championship.
• Guided the squad to the 2011 ICSA Sloop National Championship for the first time in 15 years.
• During his six years as head coach, Navy has received 18 national recognitions, including in 2014 when six Mids earned All-America honors.
Ed DeChellis Basketball - Men's
Ed DeChellis
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2627
E-Mail: dechelli@usna.edu
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• Won nine games during his third season and increased Navy's win total for the second straight year.
• Has won 20 games during his tenure at Navy and has 239 wins in his 18 years as a collegiate head coach.
• Led Navy to a 79-57 win at Army to capture the N-Star and Alumni Trophy during the 2013-14 season.
• Has completely rebuilt two previous teams, East Tennessee State and Penn State, and taken them to the NCAA Tournament.
• Led Penn State to a 27-11 record, the most wins in school history, and a NIT National Championship in Madison Square Garden following the 2009 season. For his efforts, he was named the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Jahn Tihansky Offshore Sailing
Jahn Tihansky
10th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5608
E-Mail: tihansky@usna.edu
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• Led the Navy offshore sailing team to the 2012 Kennedy Cup, Intercollegiate Sailing's Big Boat National Championship, the program's third title in six years. Also guided the team to the McMillan Cup title, the first time since 2007 that Navy won both events.
• Was named the 2012 USNA Foundation Fall Coach of the Year.
• After serving as the meet director for the U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship and running a flawless event, he was named U.S. Sailing's National Sailor of the Week in October 2011.
• During the summer of 2007, helped his crew to the Lightning World Championships in Athens, Greece.
Stefanie Pemper Basketball - Women's
Stefanie Pemper
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5591
E-Mail: pemper@usna.edu
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• Has led Navy to the postseason in each of the last four years. This includes three NCAA Tournament appearances (2011, '12, '13) and one WNIT berth (2014).
• Navy has shared a pair of Patriot League regular season titles (2011, 2013) and won the outright regular season crown for the first time in school history (2014) under her guidance.
• Was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2014.
• Navy has posted a winning record, both overall and within the league, in each of her six seasons.
• Has guided the Mids over her six seasons to an overall record of 116-75, a Patriot League record of 60-28 and a league tournament mark of 12-3, while her overall head coaching record (16 seasons) is 351-123.
Dave Brandt Soccer - Men's
Dave Brandt
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3153
E-Mail: brandt@usna.edu
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• Led Navy to the NCAA Second Round in 2013 after winning the Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
• Navy finished the 2013 season ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA Poll after winning a school-record 16 games (16-4-2, 9-0-0).
• Is the all-time winningest coach at the Division I level with a career winning percentage of .807 (291-59-28).
• Was named the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2013.
• Won six NCAA Division III titles at Messiah, the second most won by a coach in NCAA history. During his last five years at Messiah, his squads won four national titles (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008).
• Has been named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year four times, the second most all-time behind legendary Indiana coach Jerry Yeagley.
Al Cantello Cross Country - Men's
Al Cantello
47th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5574
E-Mail: cantello@usna.edu
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• Enters his 52nd season as at the Naval Academy and 47th as head coach of the cross country team.
• Has guided the Mids to five Patriot League titles in six years.
• Named Patriot League Coach of the Year five times in the last six seasons (2008-11, '13).
• As the cross country head coach, has posted a career record of 242-70-1, including a 35-10-1 mark against Army.
• Held a dual coaching role from 1981-88 as he guided the Navy's men's indoor and outdoor track squads in addition to the cross country team. As head track coach, Cantello led the Mids to a 67-9-1 dual meet record.
Carin Gabarra Soccer - Women's
Carin Gabarra
22nd Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5562
E-Mail: gabarra@usna.edu
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• Is the only head coach in the program's history.
• Has led Navy to three Patriot League Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournaments.
• With a career record of 278-129-34, ranks among the top-25 active coaches in the nation for career victories and has led Navy to 19 consecutive winning seasons.
• One of the best players in the history of women's soccer, is both a World Cup and Olympic champion.
• Is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Karen Boyle Cross Country - Women's
Karen Boyle
28th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5579
E-Mail: boyle@usna.edu
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A four-time conference coach of the year, has guided Navy to four Patriot League titles in the last seven seasons.
• Navy has had a runner compete at the NCAA Championship in two of the past three seasons.
• Has posted a career record of 136-21 in her 27 seasons at the helm of the Navy women's cross country program
• Also led Navy to three-consecutive undefeated seasons and four straight top-five finishes at the NCAA Division II Championship prior to becoming a Division I program in 1991.
Kavan Lake Sprint Football
Kavan Lake
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5559
E-Mail: lake@usna.edu
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• Named the 29th head coach in Navy sprint football history in 2012.
• Has led Navy to identical 6-1 records over his first two seasons as head coach.
• Has had 56 players earn all-league honors during his stint in charge of the program. 29 athletes were honored in 2013 after 27 earned accolades in 2012.
• Played football at Florida State for two seasons and graduated from FSU in 2001.
• Earned a Master of Science degree in Manpower Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
Rich McDonald Diving
Rich MacDonald
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2970
E-Mail: rmacdona@usna.edu
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• Was tabbed as the Patriot League Coach of the Year in his inaugural 2013-14 season.
• His nine divers scored points in 17 of their 18 events at the 2014 Patriot League Championship and combined for 12 berths in the championship finals on the four boards.
• Wil Mayo won both springboard events at last year's league meet, while both he and D.J. Principato competed in the NCAA Zone 'A' Championship.
• Prior to arriving at Navy in the summer of 2013, coached a pair of All-Americans as the head coach at Virginia.
Craig Dawson Squash
Craig Dawson
15th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2240
E-Mail: cdawson@usna.edu
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• The Midshipmen have flourished under his direction, claiming at least 15 wins in each of his 14 seasons.
• While the program has eclipsed the 20-win marker nine times in its 66-year history, he has led Navy to 20-plus wins seven times including five of the last six seasons.
• In 2008-09 guided the Midshipmen to a school-record 27 wins, while in 2006-07 he orchestrated a 10th-place finish at the College Squash Association Team Championship, Navy's best finish during his tenure.
• Helped Tucker George ('08) and Nils Mattsson ('10) hone their skills as Navy's first two All-Americans since 1994.
• Became Navy's all-time winningest coach on Dec. 1, 2012, and boasts a 290-118 record.
Ken Niumatalolo Football
Ken Niumatalolo
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2241
E-Mail: gareis@usna.edu
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• Has posted a career-record of 49-30, which is the third-most wins by a head coach in school history. Needs seven wins to become the all-time winningest coach in school history.
• His 49 wins are the most in school history by a coach in his first six years.
• Has led Navy to five bowl games and four Commander-In-Chief's Trophies in his first six years.
• Joins Eddie Erdelatz and Wayne Hardin as the only Navy coaches to beat Notre Dame in consecutive seasons.
• Was selected to the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame
Bill Roberts Swimming - Men's
Bill Roberts
12th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3012
E-Mail: robertsw@usna.edu
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• Has guided Navy to the Patriot League title in each of his 11 seasons.
• The Mids have amassed 138 event titles during this time, which is more than 100 more than the school with the next-highest number has.
• His swimmers have earned All-America honors in four of his 11 seasons, including Tom Duvall who placed seventh in the 500 free at the 2014 NCAA Championship.
• The six-time Patriot League Coach of the Year also has led Navy to a 121-41 record as head coach.
• Navy also has won five ECAC titles over the last six seasons.
Pat Owen Golf - Men's
Pat Owen
25th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9745
E-Mail: powen@usna.edu
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• An eight-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, he has guided the program to six Patriot League Championship titles, including the 2012 crown.
• Navy has made 11 trips to the NCAA Championship, including six under his watch.
• Helped develop All-American and 2004 Byron Nelson Award Winner Billy Hurley. Hurley earned his tour card for the 2014 PGA Tour and qualified for his first major, the U.S. Open, where he tied for 48th.
• Was the recipient of the 2009 winner of the Labron Harris Sr. Award, presented by E-Z-GO in cooperation with The PGA of America and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The Harris Award is presented to the college or high school coach and PGA Professional whose support of the game through teaching, coaching and involvement in the community has helped ensure the continued growth of the game and who represents the finest qualities the game has to offer.
John Morrison Swimming - Women's
John Morrison
11th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3081
E-Mail: morrison@usna.edu
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• Navy has won each of the last three Patriot League titles, as well as won four crowns in the last six years and five championships in the last eight years under him.
• His swimmers have won 86 league individual event titles, which are the most in the league (by 34) during his time on The Yard.
• A Navy swimmer has advanced to the NCAA Championship four times since 2008.
• The four-time Patriot League Coach of the Year has guided the Mids to a regular season record of 93-25.
• Navy also has won ECAC titles in 2012 and 2014.
Nadia Ste-Marie Golf - Women's
Nadia Ste-Marie
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9747
E-Mail: stemarie@usna.edu
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• Will welcome her first fully recruited class to Navy for the 2014-15 season.
• Took over Navy's club program in the middle of the 2012-13 season as the program made an immediate transition to the Division I level.
• Lowered Navy's team average by seven strokes from 2013 to 2014 and had her first All-Patriot League honoree in 2014.
• Had an outstanding collegiate career at both Hawai'i and Florida State, where she was named a first-team All-American and was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
• Competed in the 1988, 1996, 1997 and 1998 U.S. Women's Open, while recording 19 top-10 professional finishes including titles at the du Maurier Ltd. Series in London in 1993 and at the 2006 LPGA TC&P North East Sectional Championship.
Chris Garner Tennis - Men's
Chris Garner
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8725
E-Mail: cgarner@usna.edu
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• Enters his first season at Navy after having led Amherst to NCAA (DIII) Championships in 2011 and 2014.
• The Lord Jeffs also played in the title match in 2009 and 2010, placed third at the 2013 championship and reached the quarterfinal round at the 2012 edition of the event.
• Individually, his players won the 2012 NCAA doubles title and the 2014 NCAA singles crown.
• His Amherst teams posted an overall seven-year record of 198-43 (82.2%), including a 133-16 record (89.3%) over the last four years.
• A standout player in his own right, he earned All-America honors at Georgia before embarking on a professional career that saw him attain an ATP ranking of No. 120 and reach the Round of 16 of the 1993 Australian Open.
Sho Fukushima Gymnastics
Sho Fukushima
24th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5552
E-Mail: sho@usna.edu
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• A tenured professor in Physical Education, has guided the Navy gymnastics program for the past 23 seasons.
• Has led Navy to five wins in its last six meetings with Army.
• Has been named Coach of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) and was once named Men's Team Coach of the Year by USA Gymnastics.
• In 2012, Andrew Faulk was the recipient of the Thompson Trophy Cup, which is presented to that midshipman, male or female, who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy. Faulk was also one of six finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award, which is presented to the nation's top senior gymnast.
Keith Puryear Tennis - Women's
Keith Puryear
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8709
E-Mail: puryear@usna.edu
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• Needed just five seasons of intercollegiate play to win his 100th match at Navy in 2014.
• Owns a 101-30 record during his time at Navy and he holds an overall record of 544-333.
• In 2013, led Navy to a school-record 25 wins and the team ended the season ranked 10th in the ITA / Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings.
• Has built the Navy program from scratch, guiding the team to the Patriot League finals three times and the team has won at least 20 dual matches in each of the last four seasons.
• Was named the 2012 Wilson / ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after guiding Navy to a 20-3 record which featured an 11-0 and 19-1 start. The Midshipmen were on the cusp of the national rankings following their 11-0 start.
• Voted as the 2011 Patriot League Coach of the Year, the 13th time in his career he has won conference coach-of-the-year honors.
Rick Sowell Lacrosse - Men's
Rick Sowell
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8779
E-Mail: sowell@usna.edu
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• Was named Navy's eighth head men's lacrosse coach in 2012 after successfully reviving programs at Stony Brook, St. John's and Dartmouth. He guided the Mids to a 6-6 record in 2012 that featured an 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins in what marked the program's largest margin of victory in the series since 1965.
• In 2014, helped guide the Mids back to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2010.
• Compiled a 47-26 (.644) record in five seasons at Stony Brook and was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2010 and '11 as he guided the Seawolves to back-to-back America East regular-season titles (2010- 11). In 2010, led Stony Brook to the program's first America East regular-season title and a school-record 13 wins.
• Was the head coach at Dartmouth from 1999-2003, taking the team from last place in the Ivy League to first. In his final season, his squad posted an 11-3 record and won the Ivy League with a 5-1 record. It was Dartmouth's first Ivy League title since 1965 and just the third Ivy League title in school history.
• Served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2010 World Championships in England.
Stephen Cooksey Track & Field - Men's
Stephen Cooksey
27th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5568
E-Mail: cooksey@usna.edu
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• Has accrued over 300 dual meet victories while at Navy.
• Has guided 13 athletes to a total of 21 All-America honors.
• Has led Navy to 14 league titles and owns a 32-20 record against Army in Star Meets.
• Was an All-America high jumper during his undergraduate career at Indiana State.

Cindy Timchal Lacrosse - Women's
Cindy Timchal
Eighth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8746
E-Mail: timchal@usna.edu
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• Has led Navy to four Patriot League titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last five seasons.
• Navy earned the No. 8 seed for the 2013 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round.
• In 2012, became the first college lacrosse coach to win 400 career games and is the sport's all-time wins leader (445-115).
• Led Maryland to eight NCAA titles, including seven in a row from 1995-2001.
• Was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012.
Carla Criste Track & Field - Women's
Carla Criste
24th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5580
E-Mail: criste@usna.edu
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• Her teams have defeated Army in 11-straight indoor Star meets and own a combined indoor-outdoor 16-2 record against the Black Knights over the past nine years.
• Has produced two Division I All-Americans while at Navy and has led the Mids to over 300 dual-scored victories.
• Navy has won a combined five Patriot League titles under her guidance.
• Individually, she has earned five league coach-of-the-year accolades in her career.
• Navy has placed either first or second in 10 of the past 11 Patriot League championship meets (combined indoor and outdoor).
Bill Kelley Rifle
Bill Kelley
16th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-4339
E-Mail: bkelley@usna.edu
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• He owns a sterling 144-27 record in his 15 seasons at Navy.
• Has led Navy to the NCAA Championships in 12 of his 15 years as head coach. His teams finished second in air rifle in 2004, 2008 and 2009.
• As a member of the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference, Navy won the championship every year in which he was been the coach, winning both disciplines in 11 of the 13 years.
• Spearheaded Navy's move into the nation's premier rifle league, the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) for the 2014 season. Five of the eight NCAA Championship qualifying teams competed in the GARC during the regular season.
• Seventeen different athletes have earned All-America honors under his guidance. Three of them (Lisa Kunzelman, Chris Schneider and Sarah Bergman) were named All-American all four years. In Navy rifle history, just five shooters have accomplished that.
Larry Bock Volleyball
Larry Bock
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8724
E-Mail: bock@usna.edu
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• The winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history, he has led his men's and women's teams to a 1,382-337-4 (80.3%) record in his 43 seasons as a head coach. This includes an NCAA women's record of 1,282-246 (83.9%).
• Arrived on The Yard after having led Juniata's women's team to at least 30 wins in his final 31 seasons at the school, including 40-win seasons on 10 different occasions.
• The Eagles competed in each of the 30 NCAA Division III Tournaments played during his tenure, appeared in eight NCAA title matches and won national crowns in 2004 and '06.
• Led Navy to the biggest one-season improvement in league wins (+6 wins) in Patriot League history in 2012.
• In 2013, guided Navy to its first winning league record in six seasons and to the program's first back-to-back seasons with at least a .500 record since the 2004-05 seasons.
Rob Friedrich Heavyweight Rowing
Rob Friedrich
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3658
E-Mail: friedric@usna.edu
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• Enters his third season as heavyweight head coach and director of rowing after serving at the Naval Academy since 2001-02.
• In his first year as head coach, led Navy to a ninth-place finish as a team at the IRA National Championships, which was Mids' best finish since 2005.
• As senior associate head coach since 2008, guided the heavyweight freshman to nearly 60 wins; the Mids' first freshman crew has placed in the top six in each of the last two seasons at the Eastern Sprints and took ninth at the 2012 IRA National Championships.
• Prior to leading the heavyweight freshman crews, was the head coach of the lightweight team from 2002-08 where during his seven years as head coach, the varsity boat posted a combined 12-2 in its races for the Callow Cup (Penn) and Haines Trophy (Harvard).
• In 2004, he led the lightweight team to an undefeated season, capped by the program's first IRA title in 42 years.
Mladen Stanicic Water Polo - Men's
Mladen Stanicic
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3152
E-Mail: stanicic@usna.edu
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• Entering his first full season as head coach after being elevated to the position on Dec. 20, 2013.
• Selected as the 2013 CWPA Southern Division Coach of the Year after guiding the Mids to an 11-6 record following his appointment as the team's interim head coach on Sept. 26.
• Navy won its 14th all-time CWPA Southern Championship after coming in as the fifth-seed and winning four games in three days, including victories over the numbers one, two and four seeds.
• The Mids finished third overall at the 2013 CWPA Championship, falling by a narrow 9-8 margin in the semifinals to Princeton.
• Prior to 2013, served as an assistant coach under Mike Schofield for eight seasons. As an assistant in 1998 and again from 2005-12, aided four Navy squads earn NCAA Tournament bids and 14 Mids earn All-America status.
Shawn Bagnall Lightweight Rowing
Shawn Bagnall
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2418
E-Mail: bagnall@usna.edu
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• Enters his second season as head coach of the lightweight rowing team.
• In his first season with Navy, helped lead the program back to the IRA National Championships. For the first time since 2011, both the varsity eight and varsity four boats qualified for the competition. Navy finished seventh overall in the nation as a team.
• Previously served as an assistant coach at Syracuse. Under his tutelage, several Syracuse freshmen rowers advanced to the first or second varsity boats. In 2012, the varsity crew included two members of Bagnall's freshman boat from the previous year; the duo helped the Orange take fifth at the IRA National Championship.
• Has significant experience and success on the international level, as he most recently helped the women's 8+ boat to consecutive gold medals at the 2012 and '13 U-23 World Championships
Joel Sharratt Wrestling
Joel Sharratt
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8961
E-Mail: sharratt@usna.edu
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• Hired as Navy's head coach in April 2014 after serving as the head coach at Air Force for the last eight seasons.
• In 2008, was named the Western Wrestling Conference Coach of the Year after leading Air Force to a second-place finish at the NCAA West Regional, matching the program's best showing at the tournament (also finishing second in 2003).
• In 2012-13, four Falcons qualified for the NCAA Championship under his watch, including Kyle VonOhlen who became just the third four-time NCAA qualifier in program history.
• In 2013-14, led the Falcons to an 11-6-3 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional. Senior 133-pound Greg Rinker captured the individual title, while Josh Martinez (125) and freshman Natrelle Demison (149) finished as the runner-up at their respective weight class. Once again, four Falcons earned NCAA Tournament bids, including Martinez who became just the 12th wrestler in school history to earn an NCAA Tournament bid at least three times.
• Prior to being named the head coach at Air Force, spent six seasons as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy under the tutelage of former U.S. National Coach Bruce Burnett.
• Was a three-time All-American at the University of Iowa, earning three trips to the NCAA Finals, winning the championship in 1994. Additionally, he was a two-time member of the U.S. National Team, earning the bronze medal at both the 1996 Olympic Trials and 1997 Pan American Championships.
Mike Hughes Rowing - Women's
Mike Hughes
18th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2416
E-Mail: mhughes@usna.edu
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• Is in his 18th season as head coach of the women's rowing team and his 24th overall at the Naval Academy.
• In guiding Navy to its second Patriot League title in 2013, the Mids earned the program's first bid to the NCAA Division I Rowing Championship.
• Has led the Mids to 13 individual boat titles at the Patriot League Championship, including having at least one boat win a conference title in each of the last five seasons.
• Prior to becoming the head coach of the women's team, Hughes served as the varsity lightweight coach for three years followed by another three-year stint as the assistant heavyweight coach.
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