By Gary Lambrecht
Senior quarterback from Antioch, Tenn.
Sophomore wide receiver from Oxford, Miss.
Junior quarterback from Powder Springs, Ga.
Junior fullback from Spring Hill, Tenn.
2015 Navy-Colgate Football
Army vs. Navy FB 12-13-14
Navy vs. Notre Dame FB 11-1-14
Navy vs. Western Kentucky FB 9-27-14
Navy vs. Rutgers FB 9-20-14
Ashley Ingram is in his eighth year at the Naval Academy coaching the centers and guards and his third as the running game coordinator.
Navy has compiled a record of 57-34 (.626) in Ingram’s tenure, beating Army all seven times, earning six bowl bids, winning three bowl games, winning four Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and beating Notre Dame twice.
Navy finished the 2014 campaign with an 8-5 record, qualified for a bowl game for the 11th time in the last 12 years, won a bowl game for just the ninth time in school history (beat San Diego State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl), won a bowl game in back-to-back years for the second time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 13th consecutive year. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo (57-35, .620) became the all-time winningest coach in school history in 2014, passing George Welsh, when Navy defeated Army for a record 13th-consecutive time. The victory over the Black Knights also made Niumatalolo the first coach in the history of the Army-Navy game to start his coaching career 7-0 against the other Academy.
Navy ranked second in the nation in rushing in 2014 (338.1 yards per game), second in passing yards per completion (17.1 yards per completion) and 11th in third down offense (.481).
Navy finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history (beat Middle Tennessee, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and defeated Army for a series-record 12th consecutive year.
Guards Jake Zuzek and E.K. Binns were named to the All-Independent and All-East team, while Binns was named Capital One Academic All-District.
The 2013 squad is just the fifth in Navy history to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game. The 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 teams also achieved that feat.
The offense led the nation in fewest turnovers (10), was second in rushing offense (325.4), third in fewest tackles for a loss allowed per game (3.62), sixth in passing yards per completion (15.1), sixth in third down conversions (.511), 11th in fourth down conversions (.679) and 12th in fewest fumbles lost (6).
Navy scored a touchdown on 45 percent (58-130) of its drives last year, which was the sixth-best percentage in the country, and went three-and-out just 17 percent of the time (23 times in 135 possessions), which was tied for the fourth-best percentage in the country.
Ingram helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record in 2012 and a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime and Army, 17-13, to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
The win over Army marked Navy’s 11th consecutive victory over its biggest rivals.
Navy was 5-7 in 2011, which included a series record 10th-straight victory over Army. Navy played seven teams that finished with a winning record and six that went to bowl games. Guard John Dowd was named a First-Team Academic All-American for the second-consecutive year making him the first Two-Time First-Team Academic All-American in school history.
The Mids posted an impressive 9-4 record in 2010, defeated Army for a series-record ninth-consecutive time, defeated Notre Dame in consecutive seasons for only the third time in school history and appeared in a school-record eighth-consecutive bowl game.
The 2009 season was one to remember, as the Mids tied a school record for wins with 10, won a school-record seventh-consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a school-record seventh-consecutive bowl game and ran their winning streak against the other two Service Academies to an amazing 15-straight games. The Mids capped the season off with a 35-13 rout of Missouri in the Texas Bowl.
The Mids posted an 8-5 record in 2008 and participated in the EagleBank Bowl. The Mids won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy thanks to a 33-27 victory over Air Force and a 34-0 win over Army. Other landmark wins during the 2008 season included a 24-17 victory over 16th-ranked Wake Forest, which was Navy’s first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since 1985, as well as Navy’s victory the previous week over Rutgers. It was the first time since 1981 that Navy beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks.
Ingram came to Navy from Bucknell, where he served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for two seasons.
In Ingram’s first year as offensive coordinator at Bucknell in 2006, the Bison went from one win the previous year to six and ranked fifth in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 235.2 yards per game, and reduced their turnover total from 33 the previous season to 14.
Ingram came to Bucknell from Rhode Island, where he served as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, while also serving as team liaison in the areas of admissions, academic progress, class registration and scheduling.
During his tenure at Rhode Island, the Rams led the Atlantic 10 in rushing five of his six seasons and finished second in the nation in rushing yards in 2003, averaging 333.8 yards per contest. While at Rhode Island, Ingram mentored six All-Atlantic 10 performers and one All-American, and was part of an outstanding 8-3 season in 2001.
A native of Iron City, Ga., and a 1996 graduate of the University of North Alabama, Ingram was a four-year letterman on the offensive line and helped his team win Division II national titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995. He entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant, first at North Alabama in 1997, then at Temple University in the spring. After spending a year at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., in 1998, he became the offensive line coach at the University of West Alabama in 1999, then at Rhode Island in 2000.
Ingram and his wife, Jenifer, are the parents of a daughter, Laura, and son, James.