Maj. Mitch Maury, USMC, was appointed the Naval Academy's 28th head sprint football coach in July 2010. Maury, who was a four-year letterwinner as a tight end at Maine from 1993-96, brings an impressive list of credentials to the Academy.
"I'm ecstatic to be here," Maury said. "After meeting with all of our players, I'm really fired up for the season ahead. The student-athletes play for the love of the game and each has a great attitude. We've got a great staff in place and I'm eager to get going."
While at Maine, Maury served as one of the tri-captains on the 1996 Yankee Conference New England Division Champion team for coach Jack Cosgrove. He began his career for the Black Bears under current University of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.
Upon graduation from Maine in the spring of 1997, Maury went to work for two years as a contractor for the Navy in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the Marine Corps in 1999.
Following completion of basic training, Maury attended flight school in Pensacola, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Texas for a total of two years before his first active duty tour as a KC-130 pilot sent him to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. He then went on to VMGR-452, a Reserve KC-130 Squadron located at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y.
The Pennsylvania native was deployed to Iraq on three occasions, most recently in 2005 and has accrued 2400 flight hours throughout his career.
Maury inherits a Navy sprint football team that enters the 2010 campaign with a program-record 23-game winning streak, dating back to 2006. The Midshipmen own a 57-3 overall record, including a 37-2 mark in conference play, over the last nine seasons.
Maury replaced Maj. Jake Jenkins, USMC, whose three-year appointment ended after the 2009 season. Jenkins posted a perfect 20-0 record in his three seasons leading the program.
"We've had quite a run here lately," said Maury. "The excitement around the program is tremendous."