April 21, 2011
Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that head football coach Ken Niumatalolo has signed a long-term contract. Details of the deal were not released.
"A formula for the continued success of our football program has been our commitment to quality continuity," said Gladchuk. "Keeping our excellent staff in place has always been a goal and that begins with our outstanding and accomplished head coach. We now have a roadmap in place that can allow for Kenny to continue leading our team for years to come. I have always felt strongly that Coach Niumatalolo is the perfect fit for Navy and Navy is the perfect fit for Kenny. Now, on to a continued extraordinary partnership and football success well into our future."
"I'm excited that I will be the head football coach at the Naval Academy for a long time," said Niumatalolo. "I love the people I work with on a daily basis and it's truly an honor to coach some of the finest young men in the country."
Niumatalolo has led Navy to a 27-14 (.659) record in his first three seasons as a head coach, including three consecutive bowl games, three victories over Army and two Commander-In-Chief's Trophies.
He is the first coach in school history to lead the Midshipmen to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons and is just the second Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in each of his first two years.
His 27 wins are the most in school history for a coach in his first three years and he joins Eddie Erdelatz and Wayne Hardin as the only coaches in school history to beat Notre Dame in back-to-back years. In 2009, Niumatalolo led an unranked Navy squad to a 23-21 victory over No. 19 Notre Dame marking the first time since 1936 that an unranked Navy squad beat a ranked Notre Dame team.
Niumatalolo is the first Samoan head football coach on the collegiate level and the second Polynesian head coach in FBS history.