Ken Niumatalolo (born May 08, 1965 in Laie, Hawaii) is the Head Football coach at the United States Naval Academy. He is also a former college football player who played QB position during his time at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Niumatalolo is married to Barbara and they have three children together.
Niumatalolo graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1989 and spent three years as the Rainbows (now the Warriors) starting quarterback. He was part of Hawaii’s first Bowl team in 1989.
In 1992, Niumatalolo was hired as a fulltime assistant by his alma mater (Hawaii at Manoa) and spent three seasons coaching the offensive side of the ball. In 1995, he went on to be an assistant at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1995-98, serving as the offensive coordinator from 1997-98.
He then coached at UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) for three seasons from 1999 to 2001. Niumatalolo called the plays and also worked closely with the kick-off return unit, where under his guidance, UNLV ranked sixth in the nation in kick-off returns in 2001 and finished second in 1999.
In 2002, he returned to Navy as offensive line coach, helping the team to the third-best rushing average in the country with 270.25. He was able to improve that in 2004, when Navy came third again in the country in rushing with 289.5. Navy football saw a level of success not seen in decades. They had their first 10-win season in nearly a century, they competed in back-to-back bowl games for the second time in the school’s history, won the Emerald Bowl and also the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
By 2005, Niumatalolo helped develop an offensive line that paved the way for the nation’s best rushing offense. The Midshipmen went to a bowl game for a third straight year, won a second straight bowl game and went on to win the Commander-In-Chief’s trophy. In 2006, the team averaged a then school record of 327.0 yards per contest, won the Commander-In-Chief’s trophy and competed in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
He was promoted as Navy’s Head Football coach on December 8, 2007. Niumatalolo is the 38th Head Football Coach in Naval Academy history.
In 2008, Navy averaged 292.4 yards per game on the ground, leading the nation for the fourth straight year in the category. Highlights in 2008 included an upset in Winston-Salem over #16 Wake Forest, 24-17, Navy’s first victory over a ranked team in 23 years, and a 34-0 shutout victory of Army.
On January 7, 2009, Niumatalolo was given a contract extension, however, no details were released on how long the extension is for. As of 2013, he will now be entering his sixth season at the helm of the Navy football program. Niumatalolo is accomplishing things that have never been done in the 131-year history of the program.
Highlights & Awards
- Second Polynesian head coach in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history
- Is just the second coach since World War II to lead Navy to a winning record in each of his first three seasons at the helm, while his 32 wins are the most in school history by a coach in his first four years
- Navy’s 10 wins in 2009 are tied for the most wins in school history
- First Samoan collegiate Head coach on any level
- First coach in school history to lead Navy to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons
- First Service Academy coach to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in his first two years as a head coach and joins Eddie Erdelatz and Wayne Hardin as the only Navy coaches to beat Notre Dame in consecutive seasons
Source – U.S. Naval Academy