Chris Culton is entering his 11th year at the Naval Academy and his sixth coaching the offensive tackles. Culton coached the fullbacks his first five years at Navy. He has been an integral part of a staff that has brought the Midshipmen back into the national spotlight with an 83-45 (.648) record over the last 10 years, that includes nine bowl games and eight Commander-In-Chief's Trophies.
Additionally, his work has catapulted Navy to No. 1 in the nation in rushing in five of the last 11 seasons, including an NCAA-record four-straight years from 2005-08.
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 win over Army marked Navy's 11th consecutive victory over its biggest rivals. Other big wins for Navy in 2012 included a come-from-behind 31-30 victory over Indiana and wins over bowl bound East Carolina (56-28) and Central Michigan (31-13).
Offensive tackle Ryan Paulson was named All-East as the Mids finished sixth in the country in rushing (278.5 yards per game).
Navy was 5-7 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 fourth in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 312.3 yards per game, and 15th in the nation in turnover margin (+0.8). Tackle Ryan Basford was named First-Team All-East.
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 a school-record seventh-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, appeared in a school-record seventh-consecutive 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. Navy also beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks (Rutgers and Wake Forest) for the first time since 1981 and defeated a program-record four bowl teams. 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 school records for rushing yards per game, total rushing yards, rushing yards per attempt, rushing touchdowns, total offense, total offense per game and yards per play 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.