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Team: Navy Midshipmen
Age / DOB:  (53) / 5/8/1965

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Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo told ESPN's Heather Dinich that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the open head-coaching job at Arizona.
"After much prayer and pondering, it has become crystal clear the USNA is a special place with special people and [I love it here!]. Plus I have unfinished business to finish," Niumatalolo explained to Dinich on Sunday morning. He had reportedly been in negotiation with Arizona -- and those negotiations were said to be hot and heavy -- earlier this weekend. With Niumatalolo no longer an option for the Wildcats, keep an eye on Troy HC Neal Brown and UCLA OC Jedd Fisch. Both have been linked to the job over the last week. Former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin could also be in play, here. Jan 14 - 12:13 PM

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Football Scoop reports that Arizona is negotiating with Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo to fill their open head-coaching position.

News of Niumatalolo's candidacy emerged on Friday. Despite since-deleted Twitter outcry from QB Khalil Tate -- who wrote to social media that he did not come to Arizona to run the triple option -- it looks like this one has some momentum behind it. While one of Football Scoop's sources went so far as to say that "[u]nless they mess this up, Kenny is going to Arizona," we've seen Niumatalolo turn heel on negotiations before, most recently when BYU wooed the Midshipmen head honcho two years back. For now, we'll take a wait-and-see approach to the situation, here. Niumatalolo has compiled an 84-48 record across 10 seasons at Navy.
Jan 13 - 2:26 PM

The Arizona Daily Star's Michael Lev reports that Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo is "considered one of the finalists" for the open head-coaching position at Arizona.

This would be a bold, bold move by the Wildcats. No team in the Pac-12 currently runs the option, Niumatalolo's specialty, and that kind of experiment could prove successful relatively early after he takes over simply due to the fact that conference teams have almost no experience defending it. That being said, such a move to Niumatalolo would not necessarily be a clean one -- Arizona's roster is not built for the option and while the prospect of QB Khalil Tate in such a system is tantalizing, the 6-foot-2, 208-pounder would probably need to add a little playing weight in anticipation of the pounding he would take on a regular basis. As for candidates outside Niumatalolo, Troy's Neal Brown and UCLA's Jedd Fisch have both reportedly caught the program's eye.
Jan 12 - 12:38 PM

FootballScoop reports that Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo is "considered a strong candidate" for the Cal HC position.

Per the report, Niumatalolo has already been contacted by Cal. We are huge fans of Niumatalolo and believe he would be a slam dunk hire for the Golden Bears. His triple-option offense could do some serious damage in the Pac-12. That system is essentially the polar opposite of deposed HC Sonny Dykes' Air Raid. Stay tuned.
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 03:31:00 PM

Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo will remain the Midshipmen's coach after interviewing for BYU's head coaching job on Monday.

ESPN's Joe Schad reports Niumatololo, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was offered the BYU gig but declined. He is 67-37 in eight seasons at Navy. Niumatololo's son Va'a is a sophomore linebacker at BYU. "I love the Naval Academy," Niumatalolo said. "I love what it stands for. But when this one opened up, it's different. It's just different for me." Kalani Sitake, a former BYU player and current Oregon State defensive coordinator, is now considered the frontrunner.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 10:01:00 PM

The American Athletic Conference has finalized the league's two six-team divisions.

The division format begins in 2015 when Navy joins the conference as a football-only member. The AAC West will consist of Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa, while the East is made up of Cincinnati, UConn, UCF, East Carolina, South Florida and Temple. Navy was the only school that wasn't slotted geographically. "Texas is our No. 1 state for players," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "So we'd prefer to play at either Houston or SMU every year. No plan is perfect, and we'll be happy wherever they put us." The AAC will have 11 teams in 2014, with East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa joining from Conference USA, and Louisville bolting for the ACC and Rutgers to the Big Ten.
Fri, May 30, 2014 07:58:00 PM