Thursday, April 21, 2011
Niumatalolo signs extension at Navy
By Andrea Adelson
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo has signed a long-term contract extension, the academy announced Thursday.
Details of the deal were not released.
Ken Niumatalolo is the first coach in school history to lead the Midshipmen to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons.
“A formula for the continued success of our football program has been our commitment to quality continuity,” athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. “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 road map 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.”
Niumatalolo has gone 27-14 (.659) in his first three seasons as Navy head coach, including three consecutive bowl games and two Commander-In-Chief 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 consecutive years.
“I’m excited that I will be the head football coach at the Naval Academy for a long time,” Niumatalolo said in a statement. “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.”