Navy head coach's playbook of principles

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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Nov. 23, 2015 8:43 a.m.

    My new co-favorite football team!

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Aug. 30, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    As an Air Force brat, I never thought I'd say it either, but Go Navy (at least until they play Coach N's son's team)!

    I'll be cheering for a new CIC champion this year.

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    I met Coach Niumatalolo a year ago with his wife and children at the All-Poly Camp in SLC. I have a son who is a D-1 prospect and I told myself that I only wanted people like Coach N teaching him. Great character, wife and family. I was more concerned about the lesson taught 'ON' the field that would be applied 'OFF' the field.
    It's very interesting seeing coaches that are continual 'Yeller, cussor, swearers'. Where in 'OFF' the field can my son do that? Home? Work? Church?
    There are few coaches as classy as him- not all are LDS. I hope to have my children taught by men like him. Keep it up Coach N.

  • Kitenoa Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Congratulation Coach Niumatalolo. Back in the days, I recall the missionary story of your rescuing an older woman stranded in the middle of traffic, when no one else cared. It does not surprise me that you continue to what your parents and family stand for: "The Lord first and everything else that is righteous falls into their appropriate place and timetable". The observation of a former La'ie neighbor.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Aug. 29, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    Excellent article! What's not to like about this coach? I agree w/ CT98 above. I, too, admire Bronco, Whit & Niumatalolo for who they represent and what they teach the kids on their teams. If you're a parent, these are they type of "Men of Integrity" you want your child being led by. Good stuff!

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    What a fantastic article! I'll bet Joe DuPaix enjoyed reading this one. I have great respect for Bronco, Kyle Whittingham, and Coach Niumatalolo. Great men with the proper perspective in life. Their examples affect hundreds of men throughout their coaching careers.

    Best of Luck to the Cougs, The Utes, and the Midshipmen this year.

  • The Bishop CHINQUAPIN, NC
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:47 a.m.

    This was a great article. Although I'm not a member of The Church anymore, the values this coach instills in his players were instilled in me. I still live by them daily and teach them to the members of my congregation of the church where I serve as Senior Pastor. I will pray for Coach Ken's continued success. BTW, I still follow BYU. Go Cougers!

  • Civil Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    Mr. Toone, Section 84 teaches the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood. Section 121 teaches Priesthood influence and distinguishes between righteous and unrighteous dominion.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Nice article. I appreciate it more as a Navy vet.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:00 a.m.

    An excellent story about a top notch man. It is good to read about another coach who has his priorities straight and his life in order. It would be great to see him in BYU blue at some time.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 6:31 a.m.

    Great inspiration story. Beat of luck and blessings to Coach Ken

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    Aug. 28, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    Coach Ken is a class guy on and off the field.

  • Wolfpack81 South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    As a former Naval officer and a LDS convert, I was pleased and uplifted by Trent Toone's well-written article on Coach Niumatalolo. Coach N is an example to all and Mr. Toone's stories of personal faith are great. The intersection of both for this article was a TOUCHDOWN!

  • Calabasas_Coug Calabasas, CA
    Aug. 28, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    Great article and great coach!

  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    What a minute ... Really? ... This can't be true ... Seriously? Are you trying to tell me there is ANOTHER D1 FBS football coach that doesn't have football 1st. Incredible.

    In reality, several great coaches (John Wooden comes to mind) didn't have their sport 1st in their lives. It's just the 'haters' in the world that want to portray Bronco and BYU in a bad light.

    Congratulations Coach Niumatalolo. You're a tremendous coach ... and a person.

  • Bastiatarian TUCSON, AZ
    Aug. 28, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    If all college football teams had coaches like Ken Niumatalolo, Bronco Mendenhall, and Kyle Whittingham, scandals like those at Miami, Ohio State, and USC (just to name a few) would never happen.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Aug. 28, 2011 4:00 p.m.

    It is wonderful that he sets a good example. I am sure that he has a positive effect on many of those about him. His life and values are clear examples of how to find happiness and joy in life.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 28, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Great article. Always great to see a man put faith ahead of football.

  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    This is why Ken Niumatalolo is often mentioned as a possible future head coach at BYU should Bronco Mendenhall decide to leave. The fact that he's been able to succeed at Navy is perhaps the best reason as well as being this kind of an LDS Church member. He could also end up at Utah should Kyle Whittingham leave for greener pastures.

    Kyle Whittingham, Bronco Mendenhall and Ken Niumatalolo are the 1st presidency of LDS NCAA Division 1/FBS head football coaches.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 28, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    That's a great story. Good luck, coach.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Having spent some time in the Army, I never thought the day would come when I would like anything Navy. But now, other than a certain December Saturday, call me a fan of the football Middies.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 28, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    Nice article. I have always admired this coach. He is obviously a great example to his players and fellow coaches. I appreciate his commitment to his church and his team.