Buddy Green is in his 14th season as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the Naval Academy.He has been an integral part of a staff that has brought the Midshipmen back into the national spotlight with a 100-54 (.649) record over the last 12 years, that includes 11 bowl games, nine Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and a 13-0 mark against Army.
Navy has won at least nine games five times in the last 11 years. Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.
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.
The Navy defense finished 32nd in pass defense, 37th in interceptions and 38th in the country in red zone defense in 2014.
Safety Parrish Gaines was named All-Independent and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine game.
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.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 Navy defense held eight of its 13 opponents below their scoring average for the season.Navy opponents averaged 29.9 points on the year, but just 24.4 points against the Mids. They finished 27th in the country in red zone defense and 40th in scoring defense and pass defense.
Green 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.
Green’s defense finished 19th in the country in red zone defense, allowing just 37 scores in 50 opportunities.
Navy compiled a 5-7 record in 2011 that 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. The Mids finished 15th in the nation in turnover margin (+0.8).
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 seventh-consecutive bowl game and ran its 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 thanks in part to Green’s 2-4-5 defensive alignment that flummoxed the Missouri offense.
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.
The 2007 season was also a memorable one as the Midshipmen posted an 8-5 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a fifth-straight bowl game, and defeated Notre Dame for the first time since 1963.
Green’s defense was stout in 2006, giving up just 116.7 yards per game (38th in the country) on the ground and, more importantly, 20.1 points per game (41st in the country) as the Mids finished 9-4 and won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
In 2005, Green did a remarkable job with a defense that returned just three starters from the year before as the Mids appeared in a third-straight bowl game, won a second-straight bowl game and won a third-straight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
In 2004, Green’s efforts helped Navy finish 26th in the country in scoring defense (19.83), win a school-record tying 10 games (the most wins since 1905), go to back-to-back bowl games, win the Emerald Bowl and win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
In 2003, Green’s defense finished 14th in the nation in pass defense (61st the year before), 42nd in pass efficiency defense (116th the year before), 34th in total defense (100th the year before) and 34th in scoring defense (108th the year before) as he helped lead Navy to eight wins, the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and a berth in the Houston Bowl.
In Green’s first season as Navy’s defensive coordinator, the Mids were devastated by injuries at nearly every position. Green, however, kept the unit together and the Mids played their best at the end of the year and held Army to just 12 points in the season finale.
Green is a 1976 graduate of NC State where he earned his B.A. in speech communication. A two-sport athlete for the Wolfpack, he played football and baseball. He played on two ACC Championship teams in baseball and was a member of Lou Holtz’s 1972 Peach Bowl squad.
Green earned his first collegiate coaching job in 1979 as a graduate assistant at NC State, a year the Wolfpack won the ACC Championship.
The following year, Green moved on to a coaching post at LSU for one season. In 1981, he earned his first coordinator job, serving as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Southern University from 1981-82. He took his first head coaching job at Northern Nash High School in North Carolina for one season where he was also the Director of Athletics. Green got back into the college ranks at VMI as the secondary coach in 1983 and moved on to Auburn where he helped lead the Tigers to the 1985 Cotton Bowl.
He returned to his alma mater in 1986 where he was the secondary coach for eight years and the defensive coordinator for four of those seasons (1990-93). While at NC State, he helped lead the Pack to six bowl games.
Green left NC State in 1994 to become the head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he coached for six seasons and was also the Director of Athletics for two years. In 1997, Green led his Chattanooga squad to a I-AA national ranking and its first winning record in six years. He also helped develop one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, Terrell Owens.
Green returned to Raleigh in 2000 and took over one of the worst defenses in the ACC. By the time he left, they were ranked in the top 25 in scoring defense and were at or near the top in every defensive category.
Green and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Todd and Courtney.