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Navy's 2013-14 Head Coaches

The Naval Academy Athletic Association has assembled one of the best coaching staffs in America. The 2012-13 season was another successful one for Navy athletics. Navy varsity athletic teams sported a .653 winning percentage and ran its unbeaten streak against Army in the Star series to 17-consecutive seasons. The Mids had 10 All-Americans and a school record 10 Academic All-Americans. Navy also set a school record for NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners (four) while its nine Patriot League Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year awards ranks second. Navy won 11 conference championships and one national championship (Offshore Sailing) and produced 15 conference athletes of the year and six conference coaches of the year. The Mids finished eighth in the country in graduation rates (93 percent) for athletic departments that play FBS football.


Paul Kostacopoulos Baseball
Paul Kostacopoulos
Ninth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5571
E-Mail: kostacop@usna.edu
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• In eight seasons as head coach of the Navy baseball team, Kostacopoulos has become the program's third-winningest head coach with 233 victories in Annapolis.
• Kostacopoulos led Navy to its third consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2013 after finishing second in the regular season.
• In 2011, Kostacopoulos 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, 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
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5617
E-Mail: burman@usna.edu
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• Burman has led the Navy coed IC Sailing team to three ICSA National top-10 finishes in his five years, including a seventh-place showing following the 2011 season. His team was 11th in the 2013 Championship.
• The Navy women's IC Sailing team placed seventh at the 2012 national championship, its highest finish in almost 10 years.
• Burman guided the squad to the 2011 ICSA Sloop National Championship for the first time in 15 years.
• During his four years at Navy, seven different student-athletes have earned national recognition, including 2011 grad Robert Vann, who was named the recipient of the Robert H. Hobbs Trophy as the sport's Sportsman of the Year.
Ed DeChellis Basketball - Men's
Ed DeChellis
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2627
E-Mail: dechelli@usna.edu
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• Won eight games during his second season (five more than previous campaign) on a roster with no seniors and 12 freshmen and sophomores.
• DeChellis has completely rebuilt two previous teams, East Tennessee State and Penn State, and taken them to the NCAA Tournament.
• DeChellis 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.
• DeChellis led Penn State to its first NCAA Tournament since 2001 during the 2010-11 season when he guided the Nittany Lions to a 19-15 overall finish and an appearance in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
• DeChellis has helped raise over 1.5 million dollars for Coaches vs. Cancer and was named the 2006 National Coaches vs. Cancer Man of the Year. In 2009-10 alone, he helped generate a record $207,050 in net funds.
Jahn Tihansky Offshore Sailing
Jahn Tihansky
Ninth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5608
E-Mail: tihansky@usna.edu
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• Tihansky 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.
• Tihansky 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, Tihansky helped his crew to the Lightning World Championships in Athens, Greece.
Stefanie Pemper Basketball - Women's
Stefanie Pemper
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5591
E-Mail: pemper@usna.edu
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• Has led Navy to Patriot League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances (the first in school history) in each of the last three seasons, while also sharing the league regular season title twice in the last three years.
• Navy has posted winning records, both overall and within the Patriot League, in each of her five seasons.
• The 2011 Patriot League Coach of the Year, she has guided Navy to an overall record of 92-67, a league regular season mark of 45-25 and a league tournament record of 11-2.
• Has compiled a record of 327-115 in her 15 seasons as a head coach.
Dave Brandt Soccer - Men's
Dave Brandt
Fifth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3153
E-Mail: brandt@usna.edu
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• Brandt has resurrected a once-proud Navy soccer program, leading the Midshipmen to a spot in the 2011 Patriot League Tournament, its first appearance in 10 years. Has led Navy to three straight .500 seasons for the first time since 1999-01.
• After a remarkable career at Division III Messiah, Brandt Ranks 10th all-time on the career winning percentage list, having won over 82 percent of his games. He is third on the active list.
• Brandt has been named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year four times, the second most all-time behind legendary Indiana coach Jerry Yeagley.
• Brandt 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).
Al Cantello Cross Country - Men's
Al Cantello
46th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5574
E-Mail: cantello@usna.edu
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• Cantello enters his 51st season as at the Naval Academy and 46th as head coach of the cross country team.
• Cantello has guided the Mids to four Patriot League titles in five years.
• Named Patriot League Coach of the Year from 2008-11.
• As cross country head coach, Cantello has a career record of 242-69-1, including a 35-9-1 mark against Army.
• From 1981-88, Cantello held a dual coaching role, 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
21st 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.
• Gabarra has led Navy to three Patriot League titles and three NCAA Tournaments.
• With a career record of 262-124-34, Gabarra ranks among the top-25 active coaches in the nation for career victories and she has led Navy to 17 consecutive winning seasons.
• One of the best players in the history of women's soccer, Gabarra is a World Cup and Olympic Champion. She 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
27th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5579
E-Mail: boyle@usna.edu
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• Boyle, a four-time conference coach of the year, guided Navy to its second consecutive Patriot League title in 2012, which was the program's fourth championship in the last six seasons.
• Navy has had a runner compete at the NCAA Championships in each of the past two seasons.
• In her 26 seasons at the helm of the Navy women's cross country program, has a career record of 130-21.
• The program has also flourished academically under Boyle, last season two Mids earned Academic All-Patriot League honors and 12 were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Additionally, the team again earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team accolades.
• Prior to becoming a Division I program in 1991, Boyle led Navy to three consecutive undefeated seasons and four straight top- five finishes at the NCAA Division II Championship.
Kavan Lake Sprint Football
Kavan Lake
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5559
E-Mail: lake@usna.edu
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• Led Navy to a 6-1 record and had 27 players earn all-league honors in his first season as head coach.
• Named the 29th head coach in Navy sprint football history.
• 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
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2970
E-Mail: rmacdona@usna.edu
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• Enters his first season at Navy in the fall of 2013.
• Previously served as the head coach at Rhode island, East Carolina and, for the last four years, Virginia.
• All nine of his divers qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Meet in 2013.
• Coached a pair of All-America divers while at Virginia.
Craig Dawson Squash
Craig Dawson
14th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2240
E-Mail: cdawson@usna.edu
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• In his 13 seasons as the head coach at Navy, the Midshipmen have flourished under the direction of Craig Dawson, claiming at least 15 wins every season.
• While the program has eclipsed the 20-win marker nine times in its 65-year history, Dawson has led Navy to 20-plus wins seven times including each of the last five seasons.
• In 2008-09 Dawson 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.
• He helped Tucker George ('08) and Nils Mattsson ('10) hone their skills as Navy's first two All-Americans since 1994.
• Dawson became Navy's all-time winningest coach on Dec. 1, 2012. Boasting a 275-110 record, Dawson has passed Squash Hall of Famers Art Potter (1951-77), who registered a 267-62 mark and Dave Brown (1982-98), who posted a 267-117 record.
Ken Niumatalolo Football
Ken Niumatalolo
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2241
E-Mail: gareis@usna.edu
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• Is just the second coach since World War II to lead Navy to a winning record in each of his first three seasons at the helm, while his 40 wins are the most in school history by a coach in his first five years.
• Led Navy to a 10-win season in 2009, which is tied for the most wins in school history.
• He is the first coach in school history to lead Navy to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons.
• Is the first Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in his first two years as a head coach and joins Eddie Erdelatz and Wayne Hardin as the only Navy coaches to beat Notre Dame in consecutive seasons.
Bill Roberts Swimming - Men's
Bill Roberts
11th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3012
E-Mail: robertsw@usna.edu
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• Has led Navy to Patriot League team titles in each of his 10 seasons, while winning 123 of 180 swimming event titles at the meet, and to ECAC team championships four times in the last five seasons.
• The 2012-13 season saw Navy defeat Army for the 22nd-straight season by the score of 190-109.
• Navy advanced 13 swimmers to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and has sent swimmers to four of the last 10 NCAA Championship meets.
• A nine-time league coach of the year, Roberts has led Navy to an overall record of 114-37 in his 10 seasons.
Pat Owen Golf - Men's
Pat Owen
24th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9745
E-Mail: powen@usna.edu
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• Eight-time Patriot League Coach of the Year Pat Owen has guided the Navy golf program to six Patriot League Championship titles, including the 2012 crown.
• Navy has made 11 trips to the NCAA Championship, including six under Owen's watch.
• Owen helped develop All-American and 2004 Byron Nelson Award Winner Billy Hurley. Hurley earned his tour card for the 2012 PGA Tour by finishing 25th on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list.
• Owen 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
10th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3081
E-Mail: morrison@usna.edu
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• Navy has won Patriot League team titles in back-to-back years, three times in the last four seasons and four times in the last seven seasons.
• Last season, Navy defeated Army 207-93 for its 24th-consecutive victory in the series, the most consecutive wins by any team in any sport in the century-old Army-Navy series.
• Three Mids advanced to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
• At least one Navy swimmer has advanced to the NCAA Championship four times in the last six years, a span that includes Tara Chapmon (2-10) and Laura Gorinski (in 2012) becoming the lone female swimmers in league history to compete in three events at a single NCAA D-1 meet.
Nadia Ste-Marie Golf - Women's
Nadia Ste-Marie
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-9747
E-Mail: stemarie@usna.edu
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• First head coach in the sport's history at Navy as the team played its first season in 2013. Led team to a third-place finish in the inaugural Patriot League Championship.
• Serves as an assistant golf professional at the Naval Academy Golf Course, position she has held since 1999.
• 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 Officer Tennis - Men's
John Officer
29th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5589
E-Mail: jco@usna.edu
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• Has guided the Mids to the Patriot League Tournament championship in five of the last seven seasons and to a league-best eight titles (the most of any men's tennis coach in league history) over the last 17 years.
• The Mids have compiled a record of 43-7 against Patriot League foes and an overall record of 121-74 over the last seven seasons.
• Officer earned his league-high seventh Patriot League Coach-of-the-Year nod in 2012.
• Navy's six NCAA Tournament appearances since the field expanded to 64 teams for the 1999 championship is the most by any league team.
Sho Fukushima Gymnastics
Sho Fukushima
23rd Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5552
E-Mail: sho@usna.edu
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• Dr. Fukushima, a tenured professor in Physical Education, has guided the Navy gymnastics program for the past 22 seasons.
• Fukushima has led Navy to four wins in its last five meetings with Army.
• Fukushima 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.
• Under Fukushima's guidance 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
Sixth Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8709
E-Mail: puryear@usna.edu
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• Puryear recorded his 500th career victory in a 7-0 win over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 26, 2013. He has posted a 80-22 record in his four competitive years at Navy and owns a 523-325 career record with stops at Navy and UMBC. The 2013 squad won a school-record 25 matches which included a 17-match winning streak. The team ended the season ranked 10th in the ITA / Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings.
• Puryear has built the Navy program from scratch, guiding the team to the Patriot League finals in each of the last three years. The 2012 team earned the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament in just the program's third year as a varsity program.
• Puryear 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 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
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8779
E-Mail: sowell@usna.edu
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• In 2012, Rick Sowell was named Navy's eighth head men's lacrosse coach after successfully reviving program's 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.
• He 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, Sowell led Stony Brook to the program's first America East regular-season title and a schoolrecord 13 wins.
• Sowell 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, Sowell's 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.
• Sowell 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
26th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5568
E-Mail: cooksey@usna.edu
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• Cooksey has accrued over 300 dual meet victories while at Navy.
• Cooksey has guided 12 athletes to a total of 20 All-America honors.
• Cooksey has led Navy to 12 league titles and owns a 30-20 record against Army in Star Meets.
• Cooksey was an All-America high jumper during his undergraduate career at Indiana State.
Cindy Timchal Lacrosse - Women's
Cindy Timchal
Seventh Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8746
E-Mail: timchal@usna.edu
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• Timchal has led Navy to four straight Patriot League titles and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
• Navy earned the No. 8 seed for the 2013 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round.
• While at Navy in 2012, Timchal became the first college lacrosse coach to win 400 career games and is the sport's all-time wins leader.
• Timchal won eight national championships at Maryland, including seven in a row from 1995-2001. She was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012.
Carla Criste Track & Field - Women's
Carla Criste
23rd Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5580
E-Mail: criste@usna.edu
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• Criste's teams have defeated Army in 10 straight indoor/outdoor Star meets and own a 15-1 record against the Black Knights over the past eight years.
• Criste has produced two Division I All-Americans while at Navy and has led the Mids to over 300 dual-scored victories.
• Navy has won five Patriot League titles under Criste's guidance and she has earned five league coach-of-the-year accolades.
• Navy has placed either first or second at each of the past 10 Patriot League championship meets.
Bill Kelley Rifle
Bill Kelley
15th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-4339
E-Mail: bkelley@usna.edu
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• Now entering his 15th year as the Navy rifle head coach, Kelley owns a sterling 139-21 record.
• Kelley has led Navy to the NCAA Championships in 12 of his 14 years as head coach. His teams finished second in air rifle in 2004, 2008 and 2009.
• His squad has won the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference championship every year, winning both disciplines in 12 of the last 14 years.
• 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.
Larry Bock Volleyball
Larry Bock
Third Season
Office Phone: 410-293-8724
E-Mail: bock@usna.edu
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• Bock has led his teams to a 1,369-321-4 (80.9%) in his 42 seasons as a head coach, which are the most victories recorded by any volleyball coach in NCAA history, including a women's record of 1,269-230 (84.7%).
• Bock 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, to 40-win seasons on 10 different occasions, competed in each of the 30 NCAA Division III Tournaments played during Bock's tenure, appeared in eight NCAA title matches and won national crowns in 2004 and '06.
• Led Navy to the biggest one-season improvement in Patriot League history in 2012 as the Mids went from winning just one league match in 2011 to seven a year ago.
• The fifth-place showing for the Mids was the best for the program since 2007 and came after Navy had totaled 10 league wins in the previous four seasons.
Rob Friedrich Heavyweight Rowing
Rob Friedrich
Second Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3658
E-Mail: friedric@usna.edu
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• Friedrich enters his second 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 IRA National Championships, which was Mids' best finish since 2005.
• 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.
Mladen Stanicic Water Polo - Men's
Mladen Stanicic
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-3152
E-Mail: stanicic@usna.edu
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• 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 number 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 from 2005-2012 and in 1988, Stanicic aided four Navy squads earn NCAA Tournament bids and 14 Mids get recognized on All-American teams.
Shawn Bagnall Lightweight Rowing
Shawn Bagnall
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2418
E-Mail: bagnall@usna.edu
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• Bagnall enters his first season as head coach of the lightweight rowing team after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons at Syracuse University.
• Under Bagnall's 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.
• Graduated from Washington State in 1999 and earned his master's degree in sport and athletic administration at Gonzaga in 2009.
• 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
Brian Antonelli Wrestling
Joel Sharratt
First Season
Office Phone: 410-293-5833
E-Mail: TBA
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• Hired as Navy's head coach in April 2014.
• Served as the head coach at Air Force for the last eight seasons.
• Prior to his hiring at Air Force, spent six years as an assistant at Navy.
Mike Hughes Rowing - Women's
Mike Hughes
17th Season
Office Phone: 410-293-2416
E-Mail: mhughes@usna.edu
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• Hughes is in his 17th season as head coach of the women's rowing team and his 23rd overall at the Naval Academy.
• In guiding Navy to its second Patriot League title in 2013, the Mids earned the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA Division I Rowing Championships.
• He has led the Mids to 11 individual boat titles at the Patriot League Championships, including having at least one boat win a conference title in each of the last four 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.