Ken Niumatalolo out as Navy football coach

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo will not return in 2023, the school said Sunday.

Niumatalolo is the most successful coach in program history, 109-83 in 15 seasons, having succeeded Paul Johnson ahead of the 2008 season.

“Our sincere gratitude goes to Coach Ken for his distinguished and impactful legacy at the Naval Academy,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. “Navy football thrived under his leadership for many years. He will forever be remembered for the impact he had on the lives of those who played for him. We all have great respect and appreciation for his 25 years of service to the Academy.”

Niumatalolo, who played quarterback at Hawaii from 1987-1989, had two different coaching stints at Annapolis: he coached running backs (1995-96), served as offensive coordinator (1997-98), and served as assistant head coach (2002-07).

He led the Midshipmen to three seasons with double-digit wins (2009, 2015, 2019), beat the Army 11 times, won six commander-in-chief’s trophies, and led the program to a record six bowl wins.

Navy lost 20-17 to Army in double overtime in the first overtime game of the 123-year streak on Saturday; the Mids went 4-8 for a second straight season.

Defensive coordinator Brian Newberry was named interim coach. Ken Niumatalolo out as Navy football coach

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