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Navy's 2016-17 Head Coaches

The Naval Academy Athletic Association has assembled one of the best coaching staffs in America. The 2015-16 season was another successful one for Navy athletics, both on the field of competition and in the classroom. Navy varsity athletic teams sported a .646 winning percentage, won 12 conference titles and earned the Patriot League Presidents' Cup crown for the third time in a row and the fourth time in five years. Those team successes went along with Mids garnering 14 All-America awards, a school-record 11 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans laurels, 16 conference athlete-of-the-year laurels and three conference rookie-of-the-year honors. Navy's coaches also received 11 national or conference coach-of the-year accolades. In the classroom, 23 of Navy's 24 NCAA sponsored sports rank above their respective sports national average in the Academic Progress Rate report that was released in April 2016 and encompassed the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

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Paul Kostacopoulos Baseball
Paul Kostacopoulos
12th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5571
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• In 11 seasons as head coach of the Navy baseball team, Kostacopoulos has become the program's second-winningest head coach with 336 victories in Annapolis.
• Kostacopoulos led Navy to its sixth consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2016 after winning the regular season with a 15-5 league mark.
• In 2016, Kostacopoulos guided Navy to its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance after the Mids captured both the Patriot League regular season and tournament crowns.
• The Mids' 8-5 win over Saint Mary's in the 2016 Raleigh Regional was the fifth all-time NCAA Tournament victory for Navy Baseball.
• Prior to the Naval Academy, Kostacopoulos 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
Ninth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5617
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• Has led Navy to six ICSA Coed National top-10 finishes in his eight years, including a seventh-place finish in 2016.
• The Navy women's IC Sailing team placed third at the 2014 National Championship, its highest finish in more than 10 years.
• Guided the squad to the 2011 ICSA Sloop National Championship for the first timeÂin 15 years.
• During his eight years as head coach, Navy has received 24 All-America recognitions, including six honors in 2014.
Ed DeChellis Basketball - Men's
Ed DeChellis
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2627
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• Won 19 games in his fifth season and increased Navy's overall and conference win total for the fourth straight year in 2015-16.
• Navy's six-win improvement from 2014-15 to 2015-16 ranked as the fourth-best improvement from one year to the next in program history.
• Has led Navy to three-straight Star Game wins over Army.
• Has won 271 games in his 20 years as a collegiate head coach.
• 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
12th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5608
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• Has led Navy to four Kennedy Cup titles, the Intercollegiate Sailing's Big Boat National Championship, in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012.
• Led Navy to seven McMillan Cup titles, the East Coast's Big Boat Championship, in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015.
• 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
Ninth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5591
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• Has led Navy 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 first seven seasons, during which time the Mids were the lone team to advance to at least the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament in each of those years.
• Has guided the Mids over her eight seasons to an overall record of 148-103, a Patriot League record of 79-45 and a league tournament mark of 13-5, while her overall head coaching record (18 seasons) is 383-152.
Tim O'Donohue Soccer - Men's
Tim O'Donohue
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3153
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• Served as the head coach at Stevens from 2001-10. Had an overall record of 165-21-23 at Stevens and his winning percentage of .844 is the highest in Division III history and the fourth-highest across all divisions.
• Led Stevens to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and nine conference championships.
• Was the associate head coach at UConn from 2011-15.
• Helped UConn to a 68-22-21 (.707) record during his tenure.
• Helped UConn advance to three straight NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearances (2011-13).
Al Cantello Cross Country - Men's
Al Cantello
49th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5574
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• Enters his 54th season as at the Naval Academy and 49th as head coach of the cross country team
• Has guided the Mids to seven Patriot League titles in eight years.
• Named Patriot League Coach of the Year seven times in the last eight seasons (2008-11, 2013-15).
• As the cross country head coach, has posted a career record of 245-70-1, including a 36-10-1 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
24th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5562
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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 301-140-43, ranks among the top-25 active coaches in the nation for career victories and has led Navy to 21 consecutive winning seasons.
• One of the best players in the history of women's soccer, is both a World Cup and Olympic champion.Â
• 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
30th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5579
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• A four-time conference coach of the year, has guided Navy to four Patriot League titles in the last nine seasons.
• Navy has had a runner compete at the NCAA Championship in two of the past five seasons.
• Has posted a career record of 146-21 in her 29 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.
Jeff Polson Sprint Football
Jeff Polson
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5559
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• In his first season with Navy, Polson led the Mids to a 5-2 record and a second place finish in the Collegiate Sprint Football league.
• Navy competed in and won a goodwill exhibition game with Heroico Colegio Militar, Mexico's leading military academy in November of 2015.
• Named the 30th head coach in Navy sprint football history in July of 2015.
• Played football at the University of New Mexico for two seasons and graduated in 2002.
• Joined Marine Corps in 1991.
Ken Niumatalolo Football
Ken Niumatalolo
Ninth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2241
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• Has posted a career-record of 68-37. The 68 wins is the most wins by a head coach in school history.
• Is the first coach in the history of the Army-Navy game to start his career 8-0 against the rival Service Academy.
• Has led Navy to seven bowl games and five Commander-In-Chief's Trophies in his first eight 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
• Led Navy to a school record 11 wins in 2015 as Navy won the Lambert Trophy (best team in the East) for the first time since 1963
• Is the first coach in school history to win three-straight bowl games
Craig Dawson Squash
Craig Dawson
17th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2240
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• The Midshipmen have flourished under his direction, claiming at least 15 wins in each of his 16 seasons. While the program has eclipsed the 20-win marker 10 times in its 68-year history, he has led Navy to 20-plus wins eight times including six of the last eight 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.
• Pupils Bill Kacergis and Senen Ubina were crowned the 2015 U.S. Intercollegiate Squash Doubles Champions.
• Became Navy's all-time winningest coach on Dec. 1, 2012, and claimed his 300th collegiate victory on Nov. 15, 2015, when the Mids defeated Hobart, 9-0. Over 15 seasons, he has amassed a 328-138 record.
Pat Owen Golf - Men's
Pat Owen
27th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9745
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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.
Bill Roberts Swimming - Men's
Bill Roberts
14th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3012
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• Has guided Navy to the Patriot League title in each of his 13 seasons.
• The Mids have amassed 162 swimming event titles at the league championship during this time. The team with the second-highest number of titles won has just 28 and the league as a whole as won 71 event crowns.
• His swimmers have earned All-America honors in four of his 13 seasons, including Tom Duvall who placed seventh in the 500 free at the 2014 NCAA Championship.
• TThe eight-time Patriot League Coach of the Year also has led Navy to a 140-48 record as head coach.
• Navy also has won seven ECAC titles over the last eight seasons and he has garnered ECAC Coach-of-the-Year honors seven times.
Nadia Ste-Marie Golf - Women's
Nadia Ste-Marie
Fifth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9747
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• Has lowered Navy's team scoring average in every season of her coaching tenure, down to a 325.8 in 2015-16.
• Named the 2015 Patriot League Women's Golf Coach of the Year.
• Navy placed third at the 2015 Patriot League Women's Championship and four freshmen placed in the top 15.
• 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.
John Morrison Swimming - Women's
John Morrison
13th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3081
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• Navy has won each of the last five Patriot League titles, as well as won six crowns in the last eight years and seven championships in the last 10 years.
• His swimmers have won 113 league individual event titles, which are the most in the league (by 61) during his time on The Yard. The remainder of the league has totaled 106 titles.
• A Navy swimmer has advanced to the NCAA Championship five times since 2008.
• The six-time Patriot League Coach of the Year has guided the Mids to a regular season record of 110-29.
• Navy also has won ECAC titles in 2012 and 2014 and he himself is a three-time ECAC Coach of the Year.
Kip Simons Gymnastics
Kip Simons
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5552
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• Completed his first year at Navy with a NCAA Championship appearance for the Midshipmen in 2016.
• Navy won a share of the ECAC Championship title and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship with a 423.4-point output in April. The ECAC title was the first for Navy since 1989 and the NCAA appearance was the first since 2009.
• In 2016, Navy gymnasts secured four ECAC and three USAG individual event titles.
• Named the USAG East Regional Coach of the Year and ECAC Co-Coach of the Year in 2016.
• Competed with the United States Senior National team for four years and earned a spot on the 1996 Olympic team that competed in Atlanta. Winner of the Nissen-Emery Award, as the nation's top senior collegiate gymnast in 1994.

Chris Garner Tennis - Men's
Chris Garner
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8725
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• Has guided Navy to a combined 42-20 record in his two seasons on The Yard. This includes a 13-2 record against league foes, two berths in the championship match of the Patriot League Tournament and an NCAA Tournament appearance during his inaugural year in Annapolis.
• Spent the previous seven years as the head coach at Amherst, during which time he led the Lord Jeffs to NCAA (DIII) Championships in 2011 and 2014 and to the title match in 2009 and 2010. Amherst also 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 199-43 (82.2%), including a 134-16 record (89.3%) over his 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.
Rick Sowell Lacrosse - Men's
Rick Sowell
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8779
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• Became just the third coach in NCAA history to lead three different D-I programs to the NCAA Tournament when he led the Mids to the 2016 NCAA Quarterfinals. It was Navy's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009 and its first NCAA Quarterfinals appearance since 2008.
• Was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2015 and '16 after leading the Mids to Patriot League regular-season crowns in both seasons. Navy had not won a regular-season title since 2008.
• Has led the Mids to back-to-back Star Game victories over arch rival Army. In 2014, helped guide the Mids back to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2010.
• In his first season at Navy, he led the Mids to an 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins in what marked the program's largest margin of victory in the series since 1965.
• Served as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning Team USA at the 2010 World Championships in England.
Keith Puryear Tennis - Women's
Keith Puryear
Ninth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8709
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• The only head coach in the history of the Navy women's tennis program.
• Navy has made five appearances in the Patriot League Championship match.
• Navy has won at least 20 dual matches in each of the last six seasons.
• Owns a 141-47 record during his time at Navy and he holds an overall record of 584-350.
• 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.
• 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.
Cindy Timchal Lacrosse - Women's
Cindy Timchal
10th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8746
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• Has led Navy to four Patriot League titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last seven 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 (473-126).
• 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.
Stephen Cooksey Track & Field - Men's
Stephen Cooksey
29th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5568
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• Has accrued over 300 dual meet victories while at Navy.
• Has guided 13 athletes to a total of 23 All-America honors.
• Has led Navy to 16 league titles and owns a 36-20 record against Army in Star Meets
• Was an All-America high jumper during his undergraduate career at Indiana State.

Bill Kelley Rifle
Bill Kelley
18th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-4339
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• Now entering his 18th year as the Navy rifle head coach, Kelley owns a sterling 154-39 record.
• Kelley has led Navy to the NCAA Championships in 12 of his 17 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 Kelley was the coach, winning both disciplines in 11 of 13 years.
• Spearheaded Navy's move into the nation's premier rifle league, the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) prior to the 2014 season. In addition to 2016 NCAA Champion, West Virginia, three other GARC schools finished in the top-10.
• Seventeen different athletes have earned All-America honors under Kelley. 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.
Carla Criste Track & Field - Women's
Carla Criste
26th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5580
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• Her teams own a combined indoor-outdoor 18-4 record against the Black Knights over the past 11 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 15 Patriot League championship meets (combined indoor and outdoor).
Rob Friedrich Heavyweight Rowing
Rob Friedrich
Fifth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3636
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• Friedrich enters his fifth 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, Friedrich led Navy to a ninth-place finish as a team at the 2013 IRA National Championships, which was Mids' best finish since 2005. The 2016 team repeated feat with ninth-place finish of its own.
• As senior associate head coach since 2008, Friedrich 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, Friedrich 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.
Larry Bock Volleyball
Larry Bock
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8724
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• The winningest coach in NCAA volleyball history, he has led his men's and women's teams to a 1,405-369-4 (79.1%) record in his 45 seasons as a head coach. This includes a 39-year NCAA women's record of 1,305-278 (82.4%).
• 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. The Mids then placed third in the league with an 11-5 record (14-12 overall) in 2014 and advanced to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in seven seasons.
Shawn Bagnall Lightweight Rowing
Shawn Bagnall
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2418
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• Bagnall enters his fourth season as head coach of the lightweight rowing team.
• In each of his first three season, he's led the program to an IRA National Championship bid. In all three occasions, Navy qualified multiple boats; a first time since 2011. Navy finished seventh overall in the nation as a team in 2016.
• Previously served as an assistant coach at Syracuse Universtiy, 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 Championships.
• Bagnall 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.
Mladen Stanicic Water Polo - Men's
Mladen Stanicic
Fourth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3152
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• Entering his third 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 mid-year.
• Navy won its 14th all-time CWPA Southern Championship in 2013 after coming in as the fifth-seed and winning four games in three days, including victories over the number one, two and four seeds.
• The Mids finished third overall at the 2014 CWPA Championship for the second straight time.
• Prior to 2013, served as an assistant coach under Mike Schofield for eight seasons. As an assistant from 2005-2012 and in 1988, Stanicic aided four Navy squads earn NCAA Tournament bids and 14 Mids get recognized on All-American teams.
Rowing - Women's
Joe Schlosberg
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2419
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• Completed his first year at Navy by taking the Midshipmen to their second straight NCAA Championship and third berth in four years.
• At the 2016 NCAA Championship, the Mids finished a program-best 19th overall.
• Led Navy to its fourth Patriot League title in program history in 2016.
• Started at Navy in August of 2015 after 14 years on staff at Notre Dame, including last seven as the program's associate head coach.
• Notre Dame won 10 straight BIG EAST Conference titles from 2004-13 and competed in six NCAA Championships during Schlosberg's time in South Bend.
Joel Sharratt Wrestling
Joel Sharratt
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8961
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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.
• Helped produce Navy's 62nd All-American as Mathew Miller placed fifth (184) at the 2016 NCAA Championship. He is Navy's first All-American since Bryce Saddoris placed seventh (157) at the 2011 NCAA Championship. In his first season at Navy, he saw Peyton Walsh (165) and Jadaen Bernstein (174) win EIWA individual titles and earn NCAA Championship bids. It marked the first time since 2009 that Navy has crowned a pair of EIWA Champions.
• In 2013-14, led the Falcons to an 11-6-3 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional. Four Falcons earned NCAA Tournament bids, including Josh Martinez who became just the 12th wrestler in school history to earn an NCAA Tournament bid at least three times.
• Prior to serving as head coach at Air Force, spent six seasons as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy under the tutelage of U.S. Olympic 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.
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