Here are the statements released by the
Statement from Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk:
Clearly athletic coaches are charged to create a winning environment. In addition, at the
We recruit every student-athlete, and over 1500 annually participate in 32 varsity sports, with the clear expectation that he or she will graduate and serve our nation as a commissioned officer. Being an annual leader in Division I student-athlete graduation is testament to the Academy's success and ongoing commitment to educating and retaining at the highest rate in the nation.
Student-athletes at the
Statement from Naval Academy Head Football Coach Ken Niumatalolo:
My staff and I respect the great honor that is ours to serve here at the
We strongly support this mission in its entirety. I started my service here in 1995. Since that time, I have seen hundreds of football players honorably serve our country and fulfill the mission of the
These wonderful Americans won't make headlines and sell newspapers, they help keep us safe and protect our freedoms. Yes, a few have made mistakes, mistakes that we do not tolerate or condone. These few incidents are not the norm; they are the exception. Despite the exceptions, we teach the pattern, we don't teach the exception. The pattern for our success is to find great young Americans, who are academically advanced and who excel at the sport of football.
Furthermore, the pattern calls for them to meet the demands of being a midshipman, a student, and a Division I football player. In most cases the end product is a Navy or Marine officer that our country would be proud of. In a few instances it doesn't work out, but that it the exception not the norm.
Bowl victories and CIC Trophies are great accomplishments, but they pale in comparison to the importance of producing great Naval or Marine officers. I fully understand this and have worked tirelessly to accomplish this end goal.
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