Joe Speed is in his fourth year coaching the secondary and serving as the head junior varsity coach and his eighth season overall at Navy.
Speed has been a key part of a staff that has brought the Midshipmen back into the national spotlight with a 51-25 (.671) record over the last six years.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Ken Niumatalolo, the 2008 campaign was one for the record books as he and his staff led Navy to one of the most successful seasons for a first-year head coach in school history.
The Mids posted an 8-5 record in 2008, which is the best mark for a first-year head coach at Navy since 1934. The eight wins qualified the Midshipmen for the EagleBank Bowl, marking the first time in school history that Navy has earned a bowl berth under a first-year head coach. Thanks to a 33-27 victory over Air Force and a 34-0 win over Army, Niumatalolo became just the second Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in his first year (George Welsh is the other). 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. It was the first time since 1981 that Navy beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks. Navy also defeated a program-record four bowl teams.
The Mids sported the most improved scoring defense in the country a year ago, giving up just 22.0 points per game which was a 14.4 point per game improvement from 2007.
The 2007 season was a memorable one 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. Safety Ketric Buffin became the first player in school history to intercept a pass in each of the first four games of the season.
In 2006 one of Speed's pupils, Keenan Little, became the first player in Navy history to score a defensive touchdown in both Service Academy games in the same year as Navy once again won the Commander-In-Chief's Tropy and participated in a bowl game.
Speed returned to the Naval Academy after a two-year hiatus at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I., where he served as the Director of Athletics for two seasons and as the head football coach for one year.
Before going to the prep school, Speed had a successful military tour at the United States Naval Academy as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.
In his first stint at Navy, Speed served as the Executive Administrator and Military Liaison Officer for the football team, while serving to recruit future Marine Officers, as well. Speed's military duties involved the supervision of various administrative, logistical, and professional matters pertaining to the football team and the Naval Academy Athletic Association.
On the field, Speed served as the assistant linebackers coach and head junior varsity coach. He coached four seasons at Navy and in 2003, helped guide the football team to an impressive 8-5 record, which included capturing the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy and an appearance in the 2003 Houston Bowl.
A 1996 graduate of the Naval Academy, Speed was a standout on the gridiron for the Midshipmen. A four-year starter at safety, he finished his career with 260 tackles and five interceptions.
Following graduation, Speed was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and reported to Quantico, Va., where he trained and took the Infantry Officers Course.
In September of 1997, he reported to GOLF Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines in Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif. and in July of 1998, went to Okinawa, Japan, for six months, where he was involved in exercise FOAL EAGLE in Korea. After working with the Army in Fort Erwin, Calif. for a month, Speed went to Africa for three months on a security mission for the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
Speed, and his wife, Ingrid, reside in Annapolis.