Coach Ken Niumatalolo: Faith and Family Precede Football

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Ken Niumatalolo was promoted to Head Football Coach at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on 8 December 2007 by Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. As the head football coach, he has received the distinguished honor of being the second person of Polynesian descent to be named head coach of a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football program. He also has the distinct honor of being the first Samoan collegiate head coach on any level. On 23 January 2014, he was inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ken Niumatalolo Family Football PatchNiumatalolo recently agreed to serve as the Baltimore Area Council’s honorary recruitment chair. On 2 August 2014, at Navy’s Football Media Day, each new Cub Scout and the Scout who recruited him in the Baltimore Area Council had an opportunity to meet Coach Niumatalolo and had their pictures taken with the team. In addition, each Scout received a patch (pictured here) which was designed by the Niumatalolo family.

Field Director, Jeffrey Griffin stated,

To do this we needed the Naval Academy’s approval, as well as the approval of the NCAA. This means other football coaches can do the same thing if their schools allow them. The NCAA said yes to this idea as long as the Coach (in this case Coach Ken) or the project don’t go after Boy Scout/Venture-age youth. That would be a violation of NCAA rules.

Niumatalolo and his wife, Barbara, are volunteers in the Baltimore Area Council. Their oldest son, Va’a, a 2011 graduate of Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland, and now a freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he plays the position of Linebacker for the BYU Cougars, is an Eagle Scout. Their youngest son, Ali’i, is presently a junior at Broadneck High School and plays the position of Middle Linebacker for the Broadneck Bruins varsity football team. He is a Life Scout working towards earning his Eagle.

Ken and Barbara also have a daughter, Alexcia, the oldest sibling, who played the position of Starting Defender for the Maryland Terrapins during her college career at the University of Maryland. She was recognized as a Division 1 Athlete.

Ken Niumatalolo Family - Salt Lake TempleCoach Niumatalolo is a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his family are members of the Broadneck Ward of the Annapolis Maryland Stake. He begins each day by reading and studying the scriptures in the Book of Mormon. His life is based on faith and principles of the gospel, and he firmly believes that putting the Lord first and listening to the voice of the Spirit are the real keys to success. It is that faith and those principles of the gospel which govern his own life that have helped him, as the patriarch of his home, to keep his family well grounded. He attributes devotion to family, church service, and living the gospel as playing a major role in his being able to handle the stress and rigors of being a college football coach for almost two decades.

Coach Niumatalolo will be featured in the new feature-length film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called “Meet the Mormons” which will premiere in select theaters on 10 October 2014.

Please take a moment to read the article at About Mormons.org written by this author which is titled “Ken Niumatalolo – Putting the Game in Proper Perspective.”

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