Feb 27

Ken Niumatalolo

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NAME: Ken Niumatalolo


BIRTH DATE: May 08, 1965

PLACE OF BIRTH: Laie, Hawai’i

EDUCATION: University of Hawai’i at Manoa


KNOWN FOR: U.S College Football Head Coach




  • 1992 – Hired as a fulltime assistant by his alma mater (Hawaii at Manoa) and spent three seasons coaching the offensive side of the ball
  • 1995 to 1998 – He went on to be an assistant at the U.S. Naval Academy, serving as the offensive coordinator from 1997 to 1998
  • 1999 to 2001 – Coached UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) for three seasons. Ken 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
  • 2002 – 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
  • 2007 – Ken was promoted to Navy’s Head Football coach on December 8. He is the 38th Head Football Coach in Naval Academy history
  • 2009 – In January, he was given a contract extension. No details were released of how long the extension was for
  • He is the second Polynesian Head coach in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history
  • He 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
  • 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
  • Navy has defeated Army every season in which Niumatalolo has been head coach (six times). The Midshipmen have won 12 straight Army–Navy Games, the longest winning streak for either side in the rivalry
  • The Midshipmen have captured the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013
  • The Midshipmen have had five winning seasons during Niumatalolo’s six years as head coach. The Mids have played in 5 bowl games during Niumatalolo’s tenure, winning the 2009 Texas bowland the 2013 Armed Forces Bowl
  • Navy defeated longtime rival Notre Dame in consecutive years, 2009 and 2010, for the first time since the early 1960s







Source – U.S. Naval Academy