Ten years and Counting: The Dedication of the Navy Football Staff

Navy Midshipmen head coach Ken Niumatalolo walks down the sideline during the first quarter against the Army Black Knights at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo Credit: Navysports.com

Ten years is a long time to stay with something, but that is exactly what six staff members of Navy football have done, a statement no other school can currently say about their football staff. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo has been on the Navy football staff for 18 years and has been the head coach of Navy football for eight of those years. As a head coach, Niumatalolo has achieved a .648 winning percentage (68-37), tops among Navy head coaches who have been at the helm for at least 50 games.

Niumatalolo is known as a fierce competitor and is even quite humble. He once told USA Today the following:

‘‘…All of a sudden some coaches start to think they’re better than people. And you’re not. You’re just doing a job…’’ Niumatalolo is committed to the cause of Navy football and is just the man they need at the helm of their program.

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Navy Coaches during during the Navy-Colgate matchup. (Photo Courtesy of Navysports.com)

The impressive staff of Navy football does not end with the head coach. John Culton coaches offensive tackles. Not only has he been in that position for nine years,  but he has been on the Midshipmen football staff for a total of 14 years. Like Niumatalolo, Culton knows how to win. He was a member of the Navy football staff that led the team to an 111-56 record over the last 13 years, making the name of Navy football more known and talked about on a national level.

Ivin Jasper has been on the staff for 17 years. He is in his 15th year as the quarterbacks coach and his ninth year as the offensive coordinator. He is known for his ability to bring up young, new quarterbacks, providing good results for the team such as Keenan Reynolds. Danny O’Rourke has been on the staff for over 10 years. He has been the slots back coach for six years. Dale Pehrson has been on the staff for 21 years and has been the defensive coordinator for two years. Finally, Justin Davis is now in his 10th year at Navy football and has coached the outside linebackers for six years.

Leadership matters and these men have shown the truth in such a statement. Niumatalolo, Culton, Jasper, O’Rourke, Pehrson and Davis are very committed to what they do. They learn new techniques, new ways to teach how to work together and how to be successful. Their dedication can now be an example for Navy football players. It is a good time for Navy football prospects because they can be assured that there will be a staff of dedicated individuals, full of experience and expertise, ready to coach them to success.

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