By Gary Lambrecht
Senior guard from Palm Bay, Fla.
Junior offensive tackle from Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Senior tackle from Conyers, Ga.
Sophomore nose guard from Antioch, Tenn.
Navy-LA Tech Football 12-23-16
Army-Navy Football 12-10-16
Navy-Temple Football 12-3-16
Navy-UConn Football 9-10-16
Navy-Fordham Football 9-3-16
Ashley Ingram is in his 10th year at the Naval Academy coaching the centers and guards and his fifth as the running game coordinator.
Navy has compiled a 77-41 (.653) record during Ingram’s tenure, beating Army eight times, earning eight bowl bids, winning four bowl games, winning five Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies and beating Notre Dame three times. Ingram is also known as Navy’s top recruiter.
Navy finished the 2016 campaign with a 9-5 mark and a 7-1 record in the American Athletic Conference despite a season that saw the Mids have 102 missed games by starters or key contributors. The Mids played Temple in the AAC Championship Game and played in a bowl game (Armed Forces) for the 13th time in the last 14 years. The nine wins tied for the fifth most in school history and the team set school records for points (531), touchdowns (73), touchdowns per game (5.2), rushing touchdowns (61), total offense (6,136 yards) and yards per play (6.8) despite playing four different quarterbacks.
Senior offensive guard Adam West was Navy’s lone selection on the All-AAC First Team, while senior center Maurice Morris was named to the second team. West was named to the First-Team All-East squad, while Morris and junior guard Evan Martin were named Second Team All-East.
In 2015, Navy won 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.
Offensive guard E.K. Binns was named a 2015 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American and was a finalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year award. Binns was named First-Team All-American Athletic Conference and First-Team All-East.
Navy finished the 2014 campaign with an 8-5 record, qualified for a bowl game, won a bowl game (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 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, won a bowl game (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.
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.
In 2011, 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 bowl game for the eighth-straight year.
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.
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.
Prior to Bucknell, Ingram was at Rhode Island where 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.
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 two boys, James and William.