Navy 2013 Football Review: Coaching

Navy football spring practice begins on March 17. Before spring drills kick off GoMids.com will review the 2013 team, unit by unit. In this segment we look at the coaching.

COACHING
Navy's football goals are the same each season; Beat Army, win the Commanders-in-Chief Trophy, win at least eight games and make a bowl game. Ken Niumatalolo has led the Midshipmen to a 49-30 (.620) record since being named head coach. This season he moved up to third all-time at Navy in career wins. Niumatalolo teams do not beat themselves. Navy has the fewest penalties per game (2.67) and fewest penalty yards per game (22.00 yds/ gm) in the nation since 2008 when Niumatalolo became the head coach. Niumatalolo won his second bowl game as Navy defeated Middle Tennessee State 24-6 in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces last season. Ivan Jasper has been Navy's offensive coordinator since Niumatalolo replaced Paul Johnson as head coach. Jasper is a terrific triple option coach and has been a top recruiter during Navy's emergence as clearly the best service academy football program. Jasper has excelled in recruiting and developing option quarterbacks like Keenan Reynolds. Navy was lucky not to lose him this off-season with triple option head coaching jobs opening at Army, Georgia Southern and Citadel. Buddy Green's defense played their best football the last two games as they held Army's triple option attack to a single score and shutdown Middle Tennessee high powered offense as they didn't score a touchdown. Navy was the only team not to allow a touchdown this bowl season. Buddy Green's bend-but-don't-break defensive scheme allowed yardage but held eight opponents below their season scoring averages. With all his success Niumatalolo was fortunate to lose only one assistant. Tony Grantham joined his brothers Todd at Louisville. He'll be replaced by Dan O'Brien the son of former Navy assistant and college head coach Tom O'Brien. There were at least four assistants mentioned in coaching rumors for possible head coaching jobs but all will stay for 2014.

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