Navy has promoted Brian Newberry to head coach, raising the Midshipmen’s Defensive Coordinator since 2019.
Newberry has composed consistent senior defenses since arriving in the Navy four years ago, establishing himself as an elite coordinator and pivot of the program.
Newbury replaces Ken Niumatalolo, who finished as the winningest coach in Navy history at 109-83 in 15 full seasons. Niumatalulu told ESPN earlier this month that he was promptly fired after losing to Army and finishing 4-8.
Newberry’s upgrade shows that the Navy will adhere to some principles of success under Niumatalolo. Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk has said publicly that Navy is expected to continue to operate the triple option.
“The Newberry coach is respected and greatly supported by many within the Navy football family,” Gladchuk said Monday in a statement. “Brian is organized, innovative, intelligent, inspiring, and brings an anticipation of the competitive toughness that has made the Navy one of the best defensive units in the nation. His range of experience in a number of organizations, combined with four years at Annapolis, has allowed him to create a vision of Navy football that is comprehensive and highly logical as it relates There often comes a time in the careers of high-achieving coaches in our profession when documented credibility is matched by a logical leadership opportunity and Coach Newberry’s time is now.”
Since Newberry’s arrival in 2019, Navy’s defenses have been strong. Perhaps his best season came in 2019, as Navy went 11-2 and won the Liberty Bowl. Newberry’s defense finished 10th overall against rushing and improved in every major statistical category, jumping to 16th nationally from 86th in total defense .
Nobre ended up being a semifinalist for that year’s Broyles Award for top assistant coach in the country. Known as a cerebral presence, he instilled a “get six” mentality in which in each game the defense attempted to get six of the following: three throws, fourth down stops, turnovers or defensive touchdowns per game. In 2019, Navy went 6-0 when it earned six of those criteria.
Perhaps most importantly, Newbury’s defenses were a stout against the army. During his first three seasons, Navy won twice and averaged just 11.3 points per game. In a double overtime loss this year Navy did not result in a touchdown in regulation, as the game went into overtime tied at 10 in part because Army scored on a blocked kick.
I would like to thank Chet Gladchuck and [academy superintendent] Admiral Sean Buck said for this wonderful opportunity and for their continued support and faith in me.
“It is a great honor and privilege to lead this program,” said Newberry. “It’s a huge responsibility that I fully embrace and embrace. I couldn’t be more excited and optimistic about the future of Navy football. The Naval Academy is a special place and we have great guys in our program. Our culture is still going strong. I totally believe in the mission here and I’ve seen firsthand the impact this institution has had on my life.” Young men and women who graduate and serve. We will facilitate the values and mission of the Naval Academy within our program. We will make every effort to make the Naval football family and all associated with the Naval Academy proud, on and off the field! Go Navy! Beat All!”
Prior to joining Kennesaw State, where he curated from 2015 to 2018, Newberry’s football path included stops at Northern Michigan, Southern University, Elon, Washington and Lee, and graduate assistant jobs at Rice and Southern Arkansas. Newberry played at Baylor and graduated from there in 1998.
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