Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo was an in-demand name regarding some coaching vacancies a couple of months ago, namely the one at BYU, but the man is at peace with his decision to ultimately remain in Annapolis as the coach of the Midshipmen.
Speaking to Brian Haines of Fox Sports, Niumatalolo explained his decision.
“Last year there were (more schools) than BYU that contacted my agent, but BYU is a school that — because of my faith, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, plus my son is on the team — those were two very intriguing factors and I felt like I needed to take a look at that school,” Niumatalolo said. “Ultimately, it worked out and I’m fortunate I’m still here (at Navy) because this is the right place for me.”
One can only imagine how hard a decision it must have been for Niumatalolo, who guided Navy to an 11-2 (7-1 AAC) finish in its first season as part of the American Athletic Conference. It was Navy’s best finish in several years, but his reasons for potentially wanting to head to BYU were valid. His son plays linebacker for the Cougars, he is a devout Mormon, and BYU’s program is on the rise again.
In spite of all that, Niumatalolo has decided to stay at the program that became a national darling in 2015 thanks to record-setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who ultimately led Navy to a Military Bowl victory over Pitt. In terms of why he decided to stay, there was no one reason, according to the coach himself.
“I decided that I have a great job and this is a great place to be. It just worked out,” Niumatalolo said. “Things just weren’t meant to be (at BYU). There wasn’t one specific thing. I think it was a culmination of a lot of things leading up to it. I have a good job here. Why leave? We have a good deal going.”
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