Midshipmen will return to action on Oct. 28 against Cornell.
Maj. Mitch Maury, USMC, enters his second season leading the Navy sprint football team. In his first season as head coach, Maury guided Navy to a 5-2 record as the Midshipmen led the CSFL in defense, allowing an average of just 184.3 yards per game. Maury helped the class of 2011 reach 25 wins - tying the program record for wins by a senior class.
"We've got a solid group of returning players," said Maury. "We lost a lot of experience, so we have some holes to fill, but I'm confident guys will step up and execute."
Maury was appointed the Naval Academy's 28th head sprint football coach in July 2010. The Pennsylvania native, who was a four-year letterwinner as a tight end at Maine from 1993-96, has an impressive list of credentials.
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.
Maury was deployed to Iraq on three occasions, most recently in 2005 and has accrued 2400 flight hours throughout his career.
Navy landed 26 players on All-CSFL teams in Maury's first season as the Mids won their first two games of the year, extending their program-record winning streak to 25 games. Since the start of the 2001 campaign, Navy is 62-5 (.925) overall, and 38-4 (.905) in conference games.
"There is a great sprint football tradition here at Navy and it's an honor to be a part of the legacy," said Maury. "We're looking forward to another great season."