Longtime BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall is headed to Virginia and BYU could already have their eyes set on his successor.
According to report from Football Scoop, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is on the BYU administration’s radar and rightfully so. Not only is he Mormon, but is a key member in the Pacific Islander community, a key recruiting hub for the Cougars.
But most important of all, Niumatalolo, 50, is a phenomenal coach who helped take Navy to the next level in 2015, the Midshipmen’s first season in the American Athletic Conference. The team went 9-2 (7-1 AAC) and is set to play Pittsburgh in the Military Bowl on December 28, and Niumatalolo has gone 66-37 in eight seasons in Annapolis. Prior to being the team’s head coach, he served as Navy’s offensive coordinator the previous six seasons.
Niumatalolo hasn’t commented on BYU’s interest himself, as he is more focused on this weekend’s annual matchup against Army, but chances are an offer from BYU will be tough to ignore.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on BYU’s coaching search!
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