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Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo out after 15 seasons as coach

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is out after 15 seasons at the helm.

The academy announced on Sunday that Niumatalolo would not return – a day after the aspirants lost to Army in extra time and finished 4-8 for the second consecutive year. Niumatalolo is the winningest coach in school history at 109-83, but after going 11-2 in 2019, Navy hasn’t finished above .500 since.

“Our sincerest gratitude to Coach Ken for what has been a distinguished and impactful legacy at the Naval Academy,” athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. “Navy football flourished for many years under his leadership. He will forever be remembered for the influence he had on the lives of those who played for him.”

Defensive coordinator Brian Newberry was named interim coach. Gladchuk is expected to speak to reporters on Monday.

Niumatalolo was hired by the Navy in 2008. In the American Athletic Conference’s first two years as a contender, Niumatalolo led the team to a share of an AAC West Division title in 2015 and won the title AAC West in 2016. Navy also shared the West Division Title in 2019.

The Prospects are just 11-23 the past three seasons and have had one winning season the past five. The Navy is a combined 4-10 against the other two service academies over the past seven years.

“The Naval Academy will now move forward with lofty ambitions and embrace a new era of reaffirmed expectations for Navy football and our midshipmen,” Gladchuk said.


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