Danny O'Rourke is entering his 12th season at Navy and his third 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.
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.
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. 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).
Slot back Gee Gee Greene finished his career with 3,757 career all-purprose yards, which ranks third all-time in school history, while his career yards per carry of 7.1 ranks fifth. Greene rushed for 877 yards on 120 carries in 2012 and his 7.3 yards per carry ranks second all-time at Navy for a single-season.
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. 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, as well as Navy's victory the previous week over Rutgers
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.
Navy's linebackers played well in 2006 under O'Rourke's direction, combining for 212 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, two interceptions and five forced fumbles.
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 finish 26th in the country in scoring defense (19.83), 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 finished 14th in the nation in pass defense (61st the year before), 42nd in pass efficiency defense (116th the year before), 34th in total defense (100th the year before) and 34th in scoring defense (108th the year before).
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 a daughter, Kaeli, and son, Sean.