July 9, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Capt. Kavan O. Lake, USMC has been appointed head coach of the Navy sprint football program. Lake becomes the 29th head coach in the program's history and takes over for Maj. Mitch Maury, USMC, who went 12-2 in two years as head coach.
"I am very excited to be at the Naval Academy and preparing the Navy sprint football team for the upcoming season," said Lake. "Our focus will remain the same - win games and win championships. We have a solid group of smart, seasoned football players who are eager to get on the field and get it done."
Lake began his career in the Marine Corps in 1993 and served as an F/A-18 power plant mechanic at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, S.C., and then MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. He was selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted to Officer Program (MECEP) in 1998 and was later commissioned to 2nd LT in December 2001.
After attending flight school in Pensacola, Fla., Lake was winged as a Huey pilot in July 2004 and went on to serve in Iraq on two occasions between 2005-07 with the HMLA-369 "Gunfighters."
Lake brings a strong football background to the Naval Academy as he was a two-year walk-on at Florida State under legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. He was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll on one occasion and went on to graduate from Florida State in 2001.
Lake later earned a Master of Science degree in Manpower Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Prior to being named Navy sprint football head coach, Lake has served as Marine Corps End Strength Planner since May 2010.
Lake inherits a sprint football team that posted its 27th undefeated season in 2011 en route to claiming the CSFL title for the 35th time in program history. The Mids are slated to return 16 All-CSFL honorees in 2012.