Jasper has helped lead Navy to an 8-2 record
Navy will recognize its 31 senior members prior to Saturday's AAC contest against Tulsa.
By Gary Lambrecht
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Ivin Jasper is in his 17th year at the Naval Academy, his 15th as the quarterbacks coach and his ninth as the offensive coordinator. 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 has won at least nine games six times in the last 12 years. Before the current streak, Navy had won nine or more games just five times in the previous 77 seasons.
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.
Senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds finished is playing career as the all-time leading touchdown scorer (both total and rushing) in FBS history with 88, as well as the all-time leading rusher for a quarterback in FBS history (4,559 yards), the all-time leading rusher in school history and the all-time leader touchdown passer in school history (31). He is just the sixth quarterback in FBS history to rush for 4,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards in a career. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, was named Third Team All-American by the Associated Press and was named the American Athletic Association and ECAC Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named the winner of the James E. Sullivan Award, which is given to the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete.
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 finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game (beat Middle Tennessee, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and defeated Army.
Reynolds had one of the greatest seasons by a Navy football player in school history in 2013, rushing for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, while throwing for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns. His 31 rushing touchdowns not only was a school record, but an NCAA record for a quarterback. He is just the fourth player in NCAA history (any position) to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season.
A big part of Navy’s success on offense has been Jasper’s ability to develop quarterbacks such as Craig Candeto, Aaron Polanco, Brian Hampton, Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, Jarod Bryant, Ricky Dobbs and Keenan Reynolds.
Additionally, his work has catapulted Navy to No. 1 in the nation in rushing five times, including an NCAA-record four-straight years from 2005-08. Navy has never finished lower than sixth in the nation in rushing during Jasper’s tenure.
Jasper 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.
Navy finished 5-7 in 2011 that included a victory over Army.
The Mids posted an impressive 9-4 record in 2010, defeated Army, 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 the 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.
Navy 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.
The 2007 season was a memorable 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, became the first team in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing three-consecutive years (rushing for a school-record 348.8 yards per contest) and defeated Notre Dame for the first time since 1963.
In 2006, Navy became just the fifth school in NCAA history to go to four or more consecutive bowl games with a different quarterback each year.
In 2005, Navy led the nation in rushing (318.7 yards per game) as the Mids went 8-4, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and won a bowl game in consecutive years (beat Colorado State, 51-30) for the first time in school history.
In 2004, the Mids won 10 games, won the Emerald Bowl and claim the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
In 2003 the Mids led 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.
In 2002, Navy had the third-best rushing average in the country (270.75) and scored 30 or more points on four occasions.
Jasper came to Navy from Georgia Southern where he served as the quarterbacks and fullbacks coach for three years and helped lead the Eagles to a 38-6 record and back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA National Championships in 1999 and 2000.
Prior to his appointment at Georgia Southern in January 1999, Jasper served as offensive coordinator at Indiana State during the 1998 season. As quarterbacks and fullbacks coach, he helped ISU turn in a 5-6 overall record, an improvement from a three-win season in 1997.
Before assuming the offensive coordinator’s position at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I., in 1997, Jasper spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Navy in 1995 and `96, handling the quarterbacks, fullbacks and slot backs.
Jasper is a 1994 graduate of the University of Hawai’i where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminology. He was a three-year letterman for the Rainbow Warriors (1991-93) at quarterback and slot back, where he helped lead Hawai’i to a Western Athletic Conference title.
A native of Los Angeles, Jasper and his wife, Donna, are the parents of a daughter, Dallas, and sons, Jaylen and Jarren.