Navy Midshipmen football
|Navy Midshipmen football|
|Athletic director||Chet Gladchuk|
|Head coach||Ken Niumatalolo
9th year, 77–41 (.653)
|Other staff||Ivin Jasper (OC)
Dale Pehrson (DC)
|Stadium||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium|
|All-time record||700–549–57 (.558)|
|Bowl record||10–10–1 (.500)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||1 (1926)|
|Colors||Navy Blue and Gold
|Fight song||Anchors Aweigh|
|Mascot||Bill the Goat|
|Marching band||United States Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps|
|Rivals||Army Black Knights
Air Force Falcons
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Navy Midshipmen football team represents the United States Naval Academy in NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) college football. The Naval Academy completed its final season as an FBS independent school (not in a conference) in 2014, and became a single-sport member of the American Athletic Conference beginning in the 2015 season. The team has been coached by Ken Niumatalolo since December 2007. Navy has 19 players and three coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame and won the college football national championship in 1926 according to the Boand and Houlgate poll systems. The 1910 team also was undefeated and unscored upon (the lone tie was a 0–0 game). The mascot is Bill the Goat.
- 1 Rivalries
- 2 1926 National Championship
- 3 Seasons
- 4 Bowl results
- 5 Coaches
- 6 Individual award winners
- 7 Athletic Hall of Fame
- 8 Alumni
- 9 Facilities
- 10 Future non-conference opponents
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The Navy-Army Game, played annually on the last weekend of the college football regular season in early December, pits the football teams of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York (Army) against the Navy Midshipmen. It is one of the most traditional and enduring rivalries in college football, and is televised every year by CBS. It was in the 1963 Army–Navy game that instant replay made its television debut.
This game has always had inter-service "bragging rights" at stake; in past decades, when both Army and Navy were often national powers, the game occasionally had national championship implications. However, as top-level college football has developed and grown, the high academic entrance requirements, height and weight limits, and the military commitment required of West Point and Annapolis graduates has reduced the overall competitiveness of both academies in comparison with other football programs.
While Navy has had a resurgence in recent years, Army has struggled to post winning seasons. However, the tradition of the game has ensured that it remains nationally televised to this day. One of the great appeals of this game to many fans is that its players are largely playing for the love of the game, since almost none will ever play in the NFL. The game is especially emotional for the seniors, called "first classmen" or "firsties" by both academies, since it is typically the last competitive football game they will ever play.
During wartime, the game is even more emotional because some seniors will not return once they are deployed. For instance, in the 2004 game, at least one senior from the class of 2003 who was killed in Iraq, Navy's J. P. Blecksmith, was remembered. The players placed their comrade's pads and jerseys on chairs on the sidelines. Much of the sentiment of the game goes out to those who share the uniform and who are overseas.
Navy-Army is played in early December, typically in Philadelphia. The game, however, has also been played in other locations such as New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and Pasadena.
The Commander-in-Chief's Trophy is awarded to each season's winner of the triangular college football series among the United States Military Academy (Army), the United States Naval Academy (Navy), and the United States Air Force Academy (Air Force). In the event of a tie, the award is shared, but the previous winner retains the trophy. Navy controlled the trophy from 2003 to 2009, marking one of the longest times any academy has had possession of the prestigious trophy.
Typically, the Navy–Air Force game is played in early October and the Army–Air Force game is played in mid-November, followed by Army-Navy in early December.
When Navy has possession of the trophy, it is displayed in a glass case in Bancroft Hall, the Midshipmen's dormitory. Navy has won 15 Commander-in-Chief's Trophies (1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015).
Navy has played Notre Dame in 87 annual games without interruption since 1927 with a record of 12–74–1. Notre Dame plays this game to repay Navy for helping to keep Notre Dame financially afloat during World War II. This series is scheduled to continue indefinitely.
From 1963, when Navy beat Notre Dame 35–14, to 2006, Notre Dame won 43 consecutive games against Navy, the longest such streak in Division 1-A football. This streak ended on November 3, 2007, when Navy beat Notre Dame 46–44 in triple overtime. Navy also bested Notre Dame in 2009 and 2010, which made the class of 2011 only the third class in Navy history to have beaten Notre Dame three times. Navy won 28-27 in 2016, making Coach Niumatalolo only the second coach in Navy history to defeat Notre Dame three times.
When Navy is the home team for this game in even-numbered years, the Midshipmen host the game off-campus at large stadiums used by NFL teams, usually FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland or M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Midshipmen have also hosted the Irish at John F. Kennedy Stadium and Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
The intrastate rivalry between Maryland and Navy is referred to as the "Crab Bowl Classic." Starting in 1905, the two teams have played sporadically over the years. Many of the early games were lopsided and Navy leads the series 14–7. In 2005, the teams renewed their rivalry and Maryland won, 23–20. The teams met again on Labor Day 2010 and Maryland won again, 17–14, after the Terps' goal-line stand with under a minute remaining. As of 2010, the winner of the Crab Bowl Classic is awarded the Crab Bowl Trophy, created by the Touchdown Club of Annapolis with underwriting from the D'Camera Group. 
This rivalry stems from Navy and Rutgers being two of the only three programs (the third is Army) to come out of the original, informal "Ivy League" that are still members of the top tier of NCAA college football (currently Division I-FBS). (See Before There Was An Ivy League and Ivy League#History of the athletic league.) Although the two teams only began a regular series relatively recently in 1995, the games between the two schools are often close and sometimes have controversy as in the 2004 and 2007 editions of the series. The rivalry dates to 1891, making the two schools each other's oldest active football rivals. The schools have met 25 times, with Rutgers leading the series at 13–11–1 all-time after the 2014 Navy loss. Army is Rutgers' second oldest active rival. Navy and Rutgers have played most years since 1995, but do not have additional games scheduled at this time with Rutgers' move to the Big Ten and Navy's move from independents to the American.
The Gansz Trophy was created in 2009 through a collaboration between the athletic departments of the Naval Academy and Southern Methodist University. The trophy is named for Frank Gansz who played linebacker at the Naval Academy from 1957 through 1959. Gansz later served on the coaching staffs at numerous colleges, including all three service academies and Southern Methodist, as well as several professional teams. The two teams have met 18 times with Navy leading the all-time series 11-7, and the trophy series 5-0.
Navy and Pittsburgh recently renewed their rivalry, which began in 1912, and was played 26 times in 29 years between 1961 and 1989. The contest was then played consecutively between 2007 and 2009 and again in 2013. After a 44-28 victory for Navy in the 2015 Military Bowl in Annapolis, the series now stands with Pitt leading 22–15–3. Of historic interest, it was during the Pitt-Navy game at Annapolis on October 23, 1976, that Pitt running back Tony Dorsett broke the NCAA career rushing record.
1926 National Championship
Three undefeated teams with nearly identical records would cause a stir among fans and pollsters today, but this was the case when Navy earned its lone national championship in 1926, as the Midshipmen shared the honor with Stanford and Alabama. A 7-7 tie between Alabama and Stanford in the 1926 Rose Bowl gave Stanford a 10-0-1 mark, while the Crimson Tide and the Mids each had identical 9-0-1 records.
The Midshipmen opened the '26 season with a new coach, Bill Ingram. A Navy football standout from 1916 through 1918, Ingram took over a Navy team that had only won seven games in the previous two seasons combined. One of the keys to Navy’s 1926 squad was a potent offense led by All-America tackle and team captain Frank Wickhorst, who proved to be a punishing blocker for the Navy offense. One member of the Navy offense that appreciated the blocking of Wickhorst was Tom Hamilton. The quarterback and kicker had a pair of 100-yard rushing games en route to All-America honors.
Navy's biggest win that year was against Michigan in front of 80,000 fans in Baltimore. The Mids scored 10 second half points to upset the Wolverines, 10-0. Navy’s offense tallied 165 yards behind the powering attack of Hamilton and Henry Caldwell who scored Navy’s lone touchdown on a one-yard plunge. Jubilation from the victory continued after the game, as the Midshipmen tore down the goal post at each end of the field and carried away all the markers that lined both sides of the field.
Navy headed into its season finale against Army with a 9-0 record. The game was to be played in Chicago at Soldier Field, which had been built as a memorial to the men killed in World War I. It was only natural Army and Navy would be invited to play the inaugural contest there. James R. Harrison of the New York Times described the game as "the greatest of its time and as a national spectacle." Over 110,000 people witnessed the Midshipmen open up a 14-0 lead on the Cadets, only to see Army fight back to take a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter. The Navy offense responded behind its strong ground game led by running back Alan Shapley. On fourth down and three yards to go, Shapley ran eight yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 21. As the final quarter concluded, Army mounted a brief threat only to miss a 25-yard field goal.
|1923||Bob Folwell||5–1–3||T Rose|
|1954||Eddie Erdelatz||8–2||W Sugar||5||5|
|1957||Eddie Erdelatz||9–1–1||W Cotton||6||5|
|1960||Wayne Hardin||9–2||L Orange||6||4|
|1963||Wayne Hardin||9–2||L Cotton||2||2|
|1978||George Welsh||9–3||W Holiday|
|1980||George Welsh||8–4||L Garden State|
|1981||George Welsh||7–4–1||L Liberty|
|1996||Charlie Weatherbie||9–3||W Aloha|
|2003||Paul Johnson||8–5||L Houston|
|2004||Paul Johnson||10–2||W Emerald||24||24|
|2005||Paul Johnson||8–4||W Poinsettia|
|2006||Paul Johnson||9–4||L Meineke Car Care|
|2008||Ken Niumatalolo||8–5||L EagleBank|
|2009||Ken Niumatalolo||10–4||W Texas|
|2010||Ken Niumatalolo||9–4||L Poinsettia|
|2012||Ken Niumatalolo||8–5||L Kraft Fight Hunger|
|2013||Ken Niumatalolo||9–4||W Armed Forces|
|2014||Ken Niumatalolo||8–5||W Poinsettia|
|2015||Ken Niumatalolo||11–2||7–1||T–1st (Western)||W Military||18||18|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
The current coach is Ken Niumatalolo.
|Coach (Alma Mater)||Seasons||Years||Games||W||L||T||Pct.|
|Vaulx Carter (USNA)||1||1882||1||1||0||0||1.000|
|Ben Crosby (Yale)||1||1892||7||5||2||0||.714|
|Josh Hartwell (Yale)||1||1893||8||5||3||0||.625|
|Bill Wurtenburg (Yale)||1||1894||7||4||1||2||.714|
|Matt McClung (Lehigh)||1||1895||7||5||2||0||.714|
|Johnny Poe (Princeton)||1||1896||8||5||3||0||.625|
|Bill Armstrong (Yale)||3||1897–99||25||19||5||1||.780|
|Garrett Cochran (Princeton)||1||1900||9||6||3||0||.667|
|Doc Hillebrand (Princeton)||2||1901-02||21||8||11||2||.429|
|Burr Chamberlain (Yale)||1||1903||12||4||7||1||.375|
|Paul Dashiell (Lehigh)||3||1904||34||25||5||4||.794|
|Joe Reeves (USNA)||1||1907||12||9||2||1||.741|
|Frank Berrien (USNA)||3||1908-10||29||21||5||3||.776|
|Doug Howard (USNA)||4||1911–14||36||25||7||4||.750|
|Jonas H. Ingram (USNA)||2||1915–16||19||9||8||2||.526|
|Gil Dobie (Minnesota)||3||1917–19||20||17||3||0||.850|
|Bob Folwell (Penn)||5||1920–24||38||24||12||2||.658|
|Jack Owsley (Yale)||1||1925||8||5||2||1||.688|
|Bill Ingram (USNA)||5||1926–30||49||32||13||4||.694|
|Rip Miller (Notre Dame)||3||1931–33||29||12||15||2||.448|
|Tom Hamilton (USNA)||5||1934–36, 46-47||45||21||23||1||.478|
|Hank Hardwick (USNA)||2||1937–38||18||8||7||3||.528|
|Swede Larson (USNA)||3||1939–41||27||16||8||3||.648|
|Billick Whelchel (USNA)||2||1942–43||18||13||5||0||.722|
|Oscar Hagberg (USNA)||2||1944–45||18||13||4||1||.750|
|George Sauer (Nebraska)||2||1948–49||18||3||13||2||.222|
|Eddie Erdelatz (St. Mary's)||9||1950–58||84||50||26||8||.643|
|Wayne Hardin (Coll. of Pacific)||6||1959–64||62||38||22||2||.629|
|Bill Elias (Maryland)||4||1965–68||40||15||22||3||.413|
|Rick Forzano (Kent State)||4||1969–72||43||10||33||0||.233|
|George Welsh (USNA)||9||1973–81||102||55||46||1||.544|
|Gary Tranquill (Wittenberg)||5||1982–86||55||20||34||1||.373|
|Elliot Uzelac (W. Michigan)||3||1987–89||33||8||25||0||.242|
|George Chaump (Bloomsburg)||5||1990–94||55||14||41||0||.255|
|Charlie Weatherbie (Okla. St.)||7||1995–2001||75||30||45||0||.400|
|Rick Lantz (Central Conn. St.)||<1||2001||3||0||3||0||.000|
|Paul Johnson (W. Carolina)||6||2002–2007||74||45||29||0||.608|
|Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaiʻi)||9||2007–Present||116||77||39||0||.664|
Individual award winners
|Retired football jerseys|
- Ronald Beagle – 1954
- Bob Reifsnyder – 1957
- Joe Bellino – 1960
- Roger Staubach – 1963
- Richard "Richie" Peterson - 1991
- Percy Northcroft – All-American (1906, 1908)
- Zerbin Singleton – Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award (2007)
- Keenan Reynolds – Sullivan Award (2016)
College Football Hall of Fame
Navy has 19 players and 3 coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame:
- Players (Position, Years Players, Year Inducted, Other School Played at (if any))
- Ron Beagle (End, 1953–55, 1986) College HOF Bio
- Joe Bellino (Halfback, 1958–60, 1977) College HOF Bio
- Buzz Borries (Halfback, 1932–34, 1960) College HOF Bio
- George Brown (Guard, 1942–43, 1947, 1985, San Diego State) College HOF Bio
- John Brown (Guard / Tackle, 1910–13, 1951) College HOF Bio
- Slade Cutter (Tackle, 1932–34, 1967) College HOF Bio
- John Dalton (Halfback, 1908–11, 1970) College HOF Bio
- Dick Duden (End, 1943–45, 2001) College HOF Bio
- Steve Eisenhauer (Tackle / Guard, 1951–53, 1994) College HOF Bio
- Tom Hamilton (Halfback, 1924–26, 1965) College HOF Bio
- Jonas Ingram (Fullback, 1904, 1906, 1968) College HOF Bio
- Napoleon McCallum (Running Back, 1981–85, 2002) College HOF Bio
- Skip Minisi (Halfback, 1944–47, 1985, Pennsylvania) College HOF Bio
- Bob Reifsnyder (Tackle, 1956–58, 1997) College HOF Bio
- Clyde Scott (Halfback, 1944–48, 1971, Arkansas) College HOF Bio
- Dick Scott (Center, 1945–47, 1987) College HOF Bio
- Roger Staubach (Quarterback, 1962–64, 1981) College HOF Bio
- Don Whitmire (Tackle, 1941–44, 1956, Alabama) College HOF Bio
- Frank Wickhorst (Tackle, 1924–26, 1970) College HOF Bio
- Chet Moeller (Safety, 1973–75, 2010) College HOF Bio
- Coaches (Year Inducted)
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame National Scholar-Athlete Awards
"The Most Prestigious Scholarships In College Football Since 1959"
- Joe Ince – 1963
- Alan Roodhouse – 1965
- Daniel Pike – 1969
- Timothy Harden – 1974
- Theodore Dumbauld – 1980
- Carl C. Voss – 1991
- Terrence Anderson – 1999
Athletic Hall of Fame
- See: Football alumni
- Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
- Ricketts Hall – This building contains the locker room for the varsity football team and offices for football, basketball, and lacrosse. It also contains the Jack Lengyel Sports Conditioning Facility, which is one of three "strength and conditioning facilities" at the academy. The weight-room facility serves football, men's lacrosse, baseball and wrestling.
- Rip Miller Field – Named for Edgar Miller, who was the Navy head football coach for three seasons (1931–1933). The field is used by both lacrosse and sprint football.
- Wesley Brown Field House – The field house has a full-length, 76,000-square-foot (7,100 m2), retractable Magic Carpet AstroTurf football field.
Future non-conference opponents
Announced schedules as of July 22, 2015
|vs Fordham||vs Florida Atlantic||vs Lehigh||vs Southern Miss||vs Marshall||at Marshall|
|at Air Force||vs Air Force||at Air Force||vs Air Force||at Air Force||vs Air Force||at Air Force||vs Air Force||at Air Force|
|vs Notre Dame (at Jacksonville, FL)||at Notre Dame||vs Notre Dame (at San Diego, CA)||at Notre Dame||vs Notre Dame||at Notre Dame||vs Notre Dame||at Notre Dame||vs Notre Dame|
|vs Army (at Baltimore, MD)||vs Army (at Philadelphia, PA)||vs Army||vs Army||vs Army||vs Army||vs Army||vs Army||vs Army|
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- "Navy football officially joins AAC, ending 134 years as independent". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). July 1, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
- OFFICIAL 2007 NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL RECORDS BOOK
- "Crab Bowl Trophy". 28 August 2010. The Capital website. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
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- "2015 Military Bowl". Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- "Winsipedia - Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Navy Midshipmen football series history games list". Winsipedia. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- "Let's Learn From the Past: The 1976 Pitt Panthers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- 2013 Navy Midshipmen football media guide
- "A Team Named Desire". TIME Magazine. 1954-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- Lamb, p.61
- Hall of Fame Index (by sport). Naval Academy Varsity Athletics official website. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
- Bailey, Steve (August 22, 2008). "In Annapolis, Md., the Past Is Always at Hand". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
- See United States Naval Academy#Halls and principal buildings.
- See Navy Midshipmen#Facilities.
- "Navy Midshipmen Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-09-03.