Ken Niumatalolo enters his 14th season as the head coach at the Naval Academy and his 24th season in Annapolis overall.
Navy has had 10 winning seasons and gone to 10 bowl games during Niumatalolo’s time as head coach, which makes one of the greatest eras in school history.
Niumatalolo has repeatedly guided the Midshipmen to success both on and off the gridiron. Included in his accomplishments are a number of milestones never before achieved by a coach or team in the program’s 140-year history.
Niumatalolo (101-67, .601) is the program’s all-time winningest coach and is the only coach in the history of the Army-Navy Game to start his coaching career 8-0 against the other Academy. Niumatalolo’s nine wins against Army are the most in the history of the Army-Navy Game.
Niumatalolo led Navy to one of the greatest seasons in school history in 2019, winning a school-record tying 11 games against just two losses, winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, sharing the American Athletic Conference West Division title with Memphis and winning the prestigious Liberty Bowl. The Mids’ eight-game improvement from 2018 was the second-biggest turnaround in FBS history.
Navy finished the 2019 campaign ranked 20th in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls. It marked just the second time in the last 56 years Navy finished in the AP Top 20 (18th in 2015).
Niumatalolo also led Navy to a school-record 11 wins in 2015, which included sharing the West Division title with Houston in Navy’s first year in the American Athletic Conference, as well as winning the Lambert Trophy, awarded to the best team in the East, for the first time since 1963.
He led Navy to its first outright division title in 2016 as the Mids went 7-1 in the AAC and won the West division.
Niumatalolo is the first coach in school history to win four-consecutive bowl games and his six overall bowl wins are the most in school history.