Navy-Marine Corps Memorial All-Stadium Specialist And Coaches Named
Nov. 8, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md.--Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Tray Calisch ('00), Steve Fehr ('82), Matt Harmon ('09) and John Skaggs ('04) have been named to the All-Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Team as specialist and that Wayne Hardin (1959-64), Paul Johnson (2002-07) and George Welsh (1973-81) have been named to the team as head coaches. The team was selected as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The four players and three coaches were selected by fan balloting that was conducted on navysports.com (50 percent of the vote) and by a committee (50 percent of the vote) made up of Navy Sports Information Director Scott Strasemeier, Navy football historian Jack Clary, former Annapolis Capital Sports Editor and Navy beat writer Joe Gross, current Navy beat writer for the Annapolis Capital Bill Wagner, Navy broadcasters Bob Socci and Pete Medhurst and Navy football historian and former beat writer for the Washington Post Christian Swezey.
Calisch earned two varsity letters (1998 and `99) and finished his career as Navy's second all-time leading punter, averaging 40.7 yards per punt. Calisch had his best day as a Mid in the 1999 Army-Navy game when he averaged a school-record 50.3 yards per punt on six punts in Navy's 19-9 victory over the Black Knights. As a senior, Calisch was a District II Second-Team Academic All-American.
Fehr earned three varsity letters (1979, `80 and `81) and finished his career with a school-record 42 field goals. The Mids were 22-12-1 during his three years of kicking, winning the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy in 1979 and playing in the 1980 Garden State Bowl and 1981 Liberty Bowl. He tied a school record with four field goals made in a game on three different occasions, making four against Georgia Tech and Army in 1980 and Boston College in 1981. He hit a 50-yard field goal in the 1980 game against Army, the third-longest field goal in school history. His 18 field goals made in 1981 are the second most in school history. Fehr made 63 extra-points in his career, the fifth most in school history. He finished his career with 192 career points, the most by a Navy kicker. He was named First-Team All-East and an Honorable Mention All-American as a senior.
Harmon earned three varsity letters (2006, '07, '08) and finished his career with 190-career points, the second most in school history for a kicker. Harmon kicked on teams that went 25-14 during his three years, won three Commander-In-Chief's Trophies and went to three bowl games (Meineke Car Care Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl and the EagleBank Bowl). He finished his career with 33 field goals made, the second most in school history and 91 extra-points made, the third most in school history. As a senior, he made a school-record 19 field goals on 22 attempts, including a school-record tying four against Air Force. Harmon set a school record by making 70-consecutive extra-points, 19 more than the previous record holder. His 95 extra-points as a senior is also a school record.
Skaggs earned three varsity letters (2001, '02, '03) and was the punter on the 2003 Navy team that won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy and played in the Houston Bowl. Skaggs is the school record holder for single-season and career punting average. He averaged a school-record 44.8 yards per punt as a sophomore and his 41.4 average as a senior ranks fifth in school history. Skaggs' career average of 42.5 yards per punt is almost two yards better than any other punter in school history. As a senior, Skaggs was selected to the East-West Shrine Game and the Gridiron Classic All-Star Game.
Hardin posted a 38-22-2 (.629) record from 1959-64 and coached Navy's only two Heisman Trophy winners in Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963). He had just one losing record in his six years and was 5-1 against Army. In 1960, Hardin led Navy to a 9-2 record, a ranking of No. 4 in the country and a berth in the Orange Bowl against Missouri. In 1963, Hardin coached the Mids to a 9-2 record, a ranking of No. 2 in the country and a berth in the Cotton Bowl against No. 1 Texas. He is a candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame.
Johnson was 45-29 (.608) from 2002-07 and authored one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history. Johnson took over a program that had gone 1-20 the previous two seasons and, after a 2-10 record in his first year, led the Midshipmen to an unprecedented five-consecutive bowl games (including two bowl wins) and five-straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophies. Johnson was named the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year in 2004 when he led Navy to a school-record 10 wins. Known as an offensive mastermind, Johnson helped Navy lead the nation in rushing his final three years and four of the last five seasons. He was 11-1 against the other two Service Academies, including a 6-0 mark against Army.
Welsh is Navy's all-time winningest coach, going 55-46-1 (.544) from 1973-81. In his nine years at the helm, he led Navy to five winning seasons, four Commander-In-Chief's Trophies and three bowl games. He was an impressive 7-1-1 against Army. In 1978, he led Navy to its first bowl game in 15 years when the Mids upset BYU in the inaugural Holiday Bowl, 23-16. He also led Navy to the Garden State Bowl in 1980 and the Liberty Bowl in 1981. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.