Buddy Green has announced that he will be retiring after Monday’s Military Bowl game against Pittsburgh, bringing 37 years of college coaching to an end.
Green’s influence on the Navy defense, and the team as a whole, in 2015 should not be underestimated. Off-season neck surgery took Green off of the sidelines and he smoothly transitioned into a role where he was a key consultant for Ken Niumatalolo as Navy put together its best season in years. Green was always available for Niumatalolo to bounce ideas off of and with all his years of coaching and man management experience he was the perfect foil for the head coach.
“It’s been a wonderful run of 37 years coaching in the college ranks starting back in 1979 as a graduate assistant at my alma mater, NC State, and finishing with 14 seasons at the Naval Academy,” said Green to NavySports.com. “Coaching at the Naval Academy is a once in a lifetime experience. We won a lot of games, but what I will remember more than anything are the people I worked with and especially the young men I had an opportunity to coach. When I sit back and reflect on all the players that came through these doors and what they went on to accomplish in the Navy and Marine Corps, it is a satisfying feeling to know that you contributed in a small way to their success. I want to thank Mr. Gladchuk and Coach Niumatalolo for all their support when I was unable to coach on the field and I wish nothing but success for Navy football in the future. It’s been a blessing to coach here.”
Green has been an integral part of the Mids rise to national prominence over the last decade or so. He is completing his 14th season with the Mids and for the first 13 of those he was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. The Mids have an 110-56 record over the last 13 years and that includes 12 bowl games, 10 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophies and a perfect 14-0 record over Army.
Green may be stepping away from the program, but his legacy lives on in the play of the Navy defense. He has helped transform this unknit from an undersized and “plucky” bunch into a legitimate FBS unit that can go toe to toe with the top offenses it faces.