Senior slot back from Itta Bena, Miss.
Junior center from La Porte, Texas
Junior guard from Spring, Texas
Junior slot back from Golden Gate, Fla.
By Gary Lambrecht
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Danny O’Rourke is in his 14th season at Navy and his fifth as the slot backs coach. O’Rourke has also coached the secondary (four seasons), wide receivers (three seasons) and the inside linebackers (two seasons) and served as the head junior varsity coach for two years (2005-06). He led the JV team to an 11-0 record in his two years at the helm. O’Rourke is also heavily involved in special teams, coaching the kickoff return team for the past five years and before that the punt block team for four years. 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 record 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.
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. 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.
O’Rourke 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 posted 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 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) and ninth in the country in passing efficiency (156.7).
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 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. The offense finished fourth in the country in rushing, averaging 280.5 yards per game.
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.
The 2007 season was one to remember as well as the Midshipmen posted an 8-5 record, won a school-record fifth-consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, appeared in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game, and defeated Notre Dame for the first time since 1963.
In 2005, O’Rourke helped tutor a young secondary that continued to improve throughout the year as Navy finished 8-4, won a school-record second-straight bowl game and won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
In 2004, O’Rourke’s efforts helped Navy win a school-record tying 10 games (the most wins since 1905), win the Emerald Bowl and capture the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
In 2003, O’Rourke was part of a defensive staff that saw great improvement on the defensive side of the football as the Mids posted an 8-5 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and played in the Houston Bowl.
O’Rourke came to Navy from Valdosta State where he was the secondary coach for one year. Prior to his coaching stint at Valdosta, he coached the safeties at Georgia Southern in 2000 and helped the Eagles to a I-AA National Championship.
A native of Snellville, Ga., O’Rourke was a three-year letter winner at West Georgia and helped lead the team to back-to-back league titles his junior and senior years.
He was also an academic all-conference performer throughout his collegiate career.
O’Rourke received his master’s degree in education administration from Temple in 2002. He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Kaeli and Lainey, and a son, Sean.