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Navy Midshipmen football
2014 Navy Midshipmen football team
United State Naval Academy Logo-sports.png
First season1879
Athletic directorChet Gladchuk
Head coachKen Niumatalolo
8th year, 57–35 (.620)
Home stadiumNavy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity34,000
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationAnnapolis, Maryland
All-time record671–539–57 (.552)
Postseason bowl record9–10–1 (.475)
Claimed national titles1 (1926)
Heisman winners2
Consensus All-Americans23
Current uniform

Navy Blue and Gold

Fight songAnchors Aweigh
MascotBill the Goat
Marching bandUnited States Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps
RivalsArmy Black Knights
Air Force Falcons
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
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Navy Midshipmen football
2014 Navy Midshipmen football team
United State Naval Academy Logo-sports.png
First season1879
Athletic directorChet Gladchuk
Head coachKen Niumatalolo
8th year, 57–35 (.620)
Home stadiumNavy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity34,000
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationAnnapolis, Maryland
All-time record671–539–57 (.552)
Postseason bowl record9–10–1 (.475)
Claimed national titles1 (1926)
Heisman winners2
Consensus All-Americans23
Current uniform

Navy Blue and Gold

Fight songAnchors Aweigh
MascotBill the Goat
Marching bandUnited States Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps
RivalsArmy Black Knights
Air Force Falcons
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The Navy Midshipmen football team represents the United States Naval Academy in NCAA Division I-A college football. The Naval Academy is currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision independent school (not in a conference), but will become a member of the American Athletic Conference beginning with the 2015 season.[1] 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 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).[2] The mascot is Bill the Goat.



Main article: Army–Navy Game

The Army–Navy 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" 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.

Army-Navy 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.

Commander-in-Chief's Trophy[edit]

The Navy side of the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy
Navy celebrates winning the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy after winning the 2005 Army–Navy Game on December 3, 2005.

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 14 Commander-in-Chief's Trophies (1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013).

Notre Dame[edit]

Navy has played Notre Dame, also an independent, 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, making the class of 2011 only the third class in Navy history to have beaten 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.


A snap during the 2005 Navy-Maryland game.

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. [3]


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 rivalry. 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 Independence 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.[4] 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 16 times with Navy leading the all-time series 9-7, and the trophy series 2-0.

1926 national championship[edit]

1926 national championship team

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 former Navy standout from 1916–1918, 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.

The tie gave the Midshipmen a share of the national championship based on retroactive rankings by both the William Boand and Deke Houlgate mathematical poll systems.[2]


1879No coach0–0–1
1880No team
1881No team
1882Vauix Carter1–0
1883No coach0–1
1884No coach1–0
1885No coach1–2
1886No coach3–3
1887No coach3–1
1888No coach1–4
1889No coach4–1–1
1890No coach5–1–1
1891No coach5–2
1892Ben Crosby5–2
1893Josh Hartwell5–3
1894Bill Wurtenburg4–1–2
1895Matt McClung5–2
1896Johnny Poe5–3
1897Bill Armstrong8–1
1898Bill Armstrong7–1
1899Bill Armstrong5–3
1900Garrett Cochran6–3
1901Doc Hillebrand6–4–1
1902Doc Hillebrand2–7–1
1903Burr Chamberlain4–7–1
1904Paul Dashiell7–2–1
1905Paul Dashiell10–1–1
1906Paul Dashiell8–2–2
1907Joe Reeves9–2–1
1908Frank Berrien9–2–1
1909Frank Berrien4–3–1
1910Frank Berrien8–0–1
1911Doug Howard6–0–3
1912Doug Howard6–3
1913Doug Howard7–1–1
1914Doug Howard6–3
1915Jonas Ingram3–5–1
1916Jonas Ingram6–3–1
1917Gil Dobie7–1
1918Gil Dobie4–1
1919Gil Dobie6–1
1920Bob Folwell6–2
1921Bob Folwell6–1
1922Bob Folwell5–2
1923Bob Folwell5–1–3T Rose
1924Bob Folwell2–6
1925Jack Owsley5–2–1
1926Bill Ingram9–0–1
1927Bill Ingram6–3
1928Bill Ingram5–3–1
1929Bill Ingram6–2–2
1930Bill Ingram6–5
1931Rip Miller5–5–1
1932Rip Miller2–6–1
1933Rip Miller5–4
1934Tom Hamilton8–1
1935Tom Hamilton5–4
1936Tom Hamilton6–3
1937Hank Hardwick4–4–1
1938Hank Hardwick4–3–2
1939Swede Larson3–5–1
1940Swede Larson6–2–1
1941Swede Larson7–1–110
1942Billick Whelchel5–4
1943Billick Whelchel8–14
1944Oscar Hagberg6–34
1945Oscar Hagberg7–1–12
1946Tom Hamilton1–8
1947Tom Hamilton1–7–1
1948George Sauer0–8–1
1949George Sauer3–5–1
1950Eddie Erdelatz3–6
1951Eddie Erdelatz2–6–1
1952Eddie Erdelatz6–2–117
1953Eddie Erdelatz4–3–2
1954Eddie Erdelatz8–2W Sugar55
1955Eddie Erdelatz6–2–12018
1956Eddie Erdelatz6–1–21916
1957Eddie Erdelatz9–1–1W Cotton65
1958Eddie Erdelatz6–3
1959Wayne Hardin5–4–1
1960Wayne Hardin9–2L Orange64
1961Wayne Hardin7–3
1962Wayne Hardin5–5
1963Wayne Hardin9–2L Cotton22
1964Wayne Hardin3–6–1
1965Bill Elias4–4–2
1966Bill Elias4–6
1967Bill Elias5–4–1
1968Bill Elias2–8
1969Rick Forzano1–9
1970Rick Forzano2–9
1971Rick Forzano3–8
1972Rick Forzano4–7
1973George Welsh4–7
1974George Welsh4–7
1975George Welsh7–4
1976George Welsh4–7
1977George Welsh5–6
1978George Welsh9–3W Holiday
1979George Welsh7–4
1980George Welsh8–4L Garden State
1981George Welsh7–4–1L Liberty
1982Gary Tranquill6–5
1983Gary Tranquill3–8
1984Gary Tranquill4–6–1
1985Gary Tranquill4–7
1986Gary Tranquill3–8
1987Elliot Uzelac2–9
1988Elliot Uzelac3–8
1989Elliot Uzelac3–8
1990George Chaump5–6
1991George Chaump1–10
1992George Chaump1–10
1993George Chaump4–7
1994George Chaump3–8
1995Charlie Weatherbie5–6
1996Charlie Weatherbie9–3W Aloha
1997Charlie Weatherbie7–4
1998Charlie Weatherbie3–8
1999Charlie Weatherbie5–7
2000Charlie Weatherbie1–10
2001Charlie Weatherbie
Rick Lantz
2002Paul Johnson2–10
2003Paul Johnson8–5L Houston
2004Paul Johnson10–2W Emerald2424
2005Paul Johnson8–4W Poinsettia
2006Paul Johnson9–4L Meineke Car Care
2007Paul Johnson
Ken Niumatalolo
8–5L Poinsettia
2008Ken Niumatalolo8–5L EagleBank
2009Ken Niumatalolo10–4W Texas
2010Ken Niumatalolo9–4L Poinsettia
2011Ken Niumatalolo5–7
2012Ken Niumatalolo8–5L Kraft Fight Hunger
2013Ken Niumatalolo9–4W Armed Forces
2014Ken Niumatalolo8-5W Poinsettia
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl, or College Football Playoff (CFP) game.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


Bowl results[edit]

SeasonBowl gameOpponentResultNote(s)
1924Rose BowlWashingtonT 14–14
1955Sugar BowlMississippiW 21–0"Team Named Desire"[6]
1957Cotton BowlRiceW 20–7
1960Orange BowlMissouriL 14–24Heisman Trophy winner, RB Joe Bellino
1963Cotton BowlTexasL 6–28Texas ranked #1, Navy #2
1978Holiday BowlBYUW 23–16Inaugural Holiday Bowl, Navy ranked #17 in final UPI Poll
1980Garden State BowlHoustonL 0–35
1981Liberty BowlOhio StateL 28–31
1996Aloha BowlCaliforniaW 43–38
2003Houston BowlTexas TechL 14–38
2004Emerald BowlNew MexicoW 34–19Navy ranked #24 in final poll (AP and Coaches')
2005Poinsettia BowlColorado StateW 51–30Inaugural Poinsettia Bowl
2006Meineke Car Care BowlBoston CollegeL 24–25
2007Poinsettia BowlUtahL 32–35
2008EagleBank BowlWake ForestL 19–29Inaugural EagleBank Bowl
2009Texas BowlMissouriW 35–13
2010Poinsettia BowlSan Diego StateL 14–35
2012Kraft Fight Hunger BowlArizona StateL 28–62
2013Armed Forces BowlMiddle Tennessee StateW 24–6
2014Poinsettia BowlSan Diego StateW 17–16
20 Bowl Games (Won 9, Lost 10, Tied 1)


The current coach is Ken Niumatalolo.

Navy Coaches, by year, through December 8, 2012
Coach (Alma Mater)SeasonsYearsGamesWLTPct.
Vaulx Carter (USNA)1188211001.000
Ben Crosby (Yale)118927520.714
Josh Hartwell (Yale)118938530.625
Bill Wurtenburg (Yale)118947412.714
Matt McClung (Lehigh)118957520.714
Johnny Poe (Princeton)118968530.625
Bill Armstrong (Yale)31897-99251951.780
Garrett Cochran (Princeton)119009630.667
Doc Hillebrand (Princeton)21901-02218112.429
Burr Chamberlain (Yale)1190312471.375
Paul Dashiell (Lehigh)31904342554.794
Joe Reeves (USNA)1190712921.741
Frank Berrien (USNA)31908-10292153.776
Doug Howard (USNA)41911-14362574.750
Jonas H. Ingram (USNA)21915-1619982.526
Gil Dobie (Minnesota)31917-19201730.850
Bob Folwell (Penn)51920-243824122.658
Jack Owsley (Yale)119258521.688
Bill Ingram (USNA)51926-304932134.694
Rip Miller (Notre Dame)31931-332912152.448
Tom Hamilton (USNA)51934-36, 46-474521231.478
Hank Hardwick (USNA)21937-3818873.528
Swede Larson (USNA)31939-41271683.648
Billick Whelchel (USNA)21942-43181350.722
Oscar Hagberg (USNA)21944-45181341.750
George Sauer (Nebraska)21948-49183132.222
Eddie Erdelatz (St. Mary's)91950-588450268.643
Wayne Hardin (Coll. of Pacific)61959-646238222.629
Bill Elias (Maryland)41965-684015223.413
Rick Forzano (Kent State)41969-724310330.233
George Welsh (USNA)91973-8110255461.544
Gary Tranquill (Wittenberg)51982-865520341.373
Elliot Uzelac (W. Michigan)31987-89338250.242
George Chaump (Bloomsburg)51990-945514410.255
Charlie Weatherbie (Okla. St.)71995–20017530450.400
Rick Lantz (Central Conn. St.)<120013030.000
Paul Johnson (W. Carolina)62002–20077445290.608
Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaiʻi)72007–Present9257350.620

Individual award winners[edit]

Retired football jerseys[7]

12Roger Staubach
27Joe Bellino
30Napoleon McCallum

Heisman Trophy[edit]

Maxwell Award[edit]

Other awards[edit]

College Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Navy has 19 players and 3 coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame:

CoSIDA Academic All-Americans[edit]

1953-54Steve Eisenhauer'54
1957-58Tom Forrestal'58
1958-59Joe Tranchini'601st
1969-70Dan Pike'70
1974-75Tim Harden'752nd
1975-76Chet Moeller'762nd
1979-80Ted Dumbauld'812nd
1980-81Ted Dumbauld'811st
1999-00Terrence Anderson'002nd
2009-10John Dowd'122nd
2010-11John Dowd'121st

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame National Scholar-Athlete Awards[edit]

"The Most Prestigious Scholarships In College Football Since 1959"

Athletic Hall of Fame[edit]

For football players in the USNA Athletic Hall of Fame, see footnote.[8]

The Athletic Hall of Fame is housed in Lejeune Hall. Among the exhibits are two Heisman Trophies, won by Joe Bellino in 1960 and Roger Staubach in 1963.[9]


See: Football alumni


Future non-conference opponents[edit]

vs Colgatevs Fordhamvs Florida Atlanticvs Southern Missvs Marshallat Marshall
vs Air Forceat Air Forcevs Air Forceat Air Forcevs Air Forceat Air Forcevs Air Forceat Air Forcevs Air Force
at Notre Damevs Notre Dame (site TBA)at Notre Damevs Notre Dameat Notre Damevs Notre Dameat Notre Damevs Notre Dameat Notre Dame
vs Army (at Philadelphia, PA)vs Army (at Baltimore, MD)vs Army (at Philadelphia, PA)vs Armyvs Armyvs Armyvs Armyvs Armyvs Army


See also[edit]


  1. ^
  3. ^ "Crab Bowl Trophy". 28 August 2010. The Capital website. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  4. ^ Football: "SMU-Navy To Battle For Gansz Trophy: Schools Establish Traveling Trophy To Honor Coaching Legend". October 7, 2009. Naval Academy Varsity Athletics official website. Retrieved 2010-02-20. "SMU-Navy To Battle For Gansz Trophy: Schools Establish Traveling Trophy To Honor Coaching Legend". October 6, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  5. ^ 2013 Navy Midshipmen football media guide
  6. ^ "A Team Named Desire". TIME Magazine. 1954-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  7. ^ Lamb, p.61
  8. ^ Hall of Fame Index (by sport). Naval Academy Varsity Athletics official website. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
  9. ^ Bailey, Steve (August 22, 2008). "In Annapolis, Md., the Past Is Always at Hand". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  10. ^ See United States Naval Academy#Halls and principal buildings.
  11. ^ a b See Navy Midshipmen#Facilities.
  12. ^ "Navy Midshipmen Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2014-09-03. 

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