Napoleon Sykes is in his second season at the Naval Academy and will assist Tony Grantham with the outside linebackers after spending his first year assisting Buddy Green in the secondary.
Navy went 9-4 in his first year at Navy, defeated Army and Notre Dame and participated in the Poinsettia Bowl. Safety Wyatt Middleton recovered five fumbles, which tied for most in the country. He returned one of those fumbles 98 yards for a touchdown against Army. It was the longest fumble return in school and Army-Navy history.
A native of Woodstock, Md., Sykes earned three varsity letters at Wake Forest as a linebacker and special teams performer from 2003-05. He graduated from Wake Forest in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in journalism.
Sykes got his coaching career started in the summer of 2006 when he served as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, the Gilman School, in Baltimore. Sykes went on to serve as the defensive coordinator for the semi-pro Bay Atlantic Sharks that fall and helped lead them to the Semi-Pro National Championship Series.
After teaching and serving as the co-defensive coordinator at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C., in 2007, Sykes returned to his college alma mater to serve as the offensive graduate assistant in 2008 and the defensive graduate assistant in 2009.
Sykes is engaged to be married to Christy Williams, who was a star volleyball player at Wake Forest.