From the Archives – Ken Niumatalolo, Head Coach, Navy

Ken Niumatalolo is today’s guest of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast. Niumatalolo has been on the Navy staff since 2002 and has been the program’s head coach since 2002, posting a record of 77-42 during that stretch. He sits down with Keith Grabowski to discuss program culture at Navy, staff accountability and the advantages to running the triple option in Division I football.

Show notes

0:52 Start as a football coach

1:59 Key points in coaching development

4:41 Why the Triple Option works for Navy

6:08 Building culture at the Naval Academy

9:40 Having a “Why” as a program, and holding the staff accountable

12:56 Onboarding freshmen

15:01 Working in the RPO

17:07 Evolution of blocking in triple option

18:45 The advantages of running the triple option at the Division I level

22:06 Coaches need to have answers. In real time.

23:38 Best coaching advice received (and advice to young coaches)

25:44 Coaching in the Army-Navy Game

27:20 Creating balance

30:06 The winning edge