Navy promotes DC Brian Newberry to head coach

Field Level Media

December 19, 2022 at 5:38 pm.

Navy promoted Brian Newberry to head coach of the Midshipmen on Monday.

He spent the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator for former coach Ken Niumatolo.

“It is a great honor and privilege to lead this program,” Newberry said. “It is a great responsibility that I fully accept and embrace. I could not be more excited and optimistic about the future of Navy football. The Naval Academy is a special place and we have great young men in our program. Our culture remains strong. I believe wholeheartedly in the mission here and have seen firsthand the impact this institution has on the lives of the young men and women who graduate and serve.

“We will facilitate the values and the mission of the Naval Academy within our program. We will make the Navy football family and all associated with the Naval Academy proud, both on and off the field! Go Navy! Beat everyone!”

Niumatolo was fired after 15 seasons following Navy’s loss to Army earlier this month. He had a 109-83 record.

Newberry was a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach, in 2019. That season, Navy was 11-2 and ranked No. 16 in total defense in the nation, up from No. 86 the prior season.

He instilled his “Get 6” philosophy at Annapolis, challenging his defensive unit to strive for a combination of six three-and-outs, fourth down stops, turnovers and defensive touchdowns in a game. In his first season, the Midshipmen were 8-0 when they achieved that goal.

Newberry’s previous coaching stops include Kennesaw State, Northern Michigan, Elon, Washington & Lee and University of the South.

He played collegiately at Baylor and graduated in 1998.