Navy will recognize its 31 senior members prior to Saturday's AAC contest against Tulsa.
Senior offensive tackle from Palm Bay, Fla.
Sophomore offensive tackle from Fredericksburg, Va.
Junior center from Nashville, Tenn.
Sophomore guard from Ewa Beach, Hawai'i
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Chris Culton is entering his 14th year at the Naval Academy and his ninth coaching the offensive tackles after coaching the fullbacks his first five years. He has been an integral part of a staff that has brought the Midshipmen back into the national spotlight with a 111-56 (.665) record over the last 13 years, that includes 12 bowl games, 10 Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and a 14-0 mark against Army.
Navy finished the 2015 campaign with a school-record 11 wins against just two losses, qualified for a bowl game for the 12th time in the last 13 years, won a bowl game for the 10th time in school history (beat Pittsburgh, 44-28, in the Military Bowl), won a bowl game for a third straight year for the first time in school history, defeated Army for a series-record 14th consecutive year, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the third time in the last four years, won the Lambert Trophy as the best team in the East for the first time since 1963, finished 18th in the country in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls and shared the West Division title of the American Athletic Conference with Houston in Navy’s first year of being in a conference after being an Independent for 134 years.
The Mids finished No. 2 in the country in rushing offense (326.7), No. 3 in passing yards per completion (20.0), 22nd in scoring offense (36.8), No. 1 in red zone offense (.948),No. 4 in third down conversions (.503), No. 1 in fourth down conversions (.923), No. 1 in fewest turnovers lost (8), No. 3 in turnover margin (+1.46), No. 1 in fewest penalties per game (3.1) and No. 1 in fewest penalty yards per game (26.1).
Navy finished the 2014 season 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.
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 season with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, qualified for a bowl game, won a bowl game (beat Middle Tennessee, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and defeated Army.
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).
Culton 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 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 Mids finished sixth in the country in rushing offense (284.8).
The 2009 season was one to remember for the Midshipmen, as Navy tied a school record for wins with 10, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a bowl game, beat Notre Dame in South Bend for the second-straight time 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.
In 2008, Navy posted an 8-5 record, including 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. The Mids won a sixth-straight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy with wins over Air Force and Army.
The 2007 season was a historical one as well as the Midshipmen posted an 8-5 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game and defeated Notre Dame for the first time since 1963.
Culton had to play three different fullbacks in 2006 due to injury (Ballard, Kettani and Matt Hall), but they combined to rush for 1,274 yards and five touchdowns as once again the Mids won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and participated in a bowl game.
In 2005, Culton was part of a staff that helped the Mids average a nation’s best 318.7 yards per contest, win a school-record second-straight bowl game and claim the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy
In 2004, Culton’s efforts helped the Midshipmen to finish third in the country in rushing (289.5), win a school-record tying 10 games (the most wins since 1905), claim the Emerald Bowl and win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy .
In 2003, Culton was part of a staff that helped the Mids lead the nation in rushing and set seven school records as Navy went 8-5, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and earned a berth in the Houston Bowl.
Culton came to the Naval Academy from Rhode Island, where he coached the offensive line for one year.
Culton is a 2001 graduate of Georgia Southern where he was a student-assistant coach for four years after suffering a severe neck injury during spring practice of his freshman year that ended his football career.
Culton is married to the former Amanda Pendergrass. They have two daughters, Julie Grace and Ella, and two sons, Reilley and Bain.