Report: Navy to promote DC Brian Newberry to head coach

Field Level Media

December 19, 2022 at 3:42 pm.

Navy defensive coordinator Brian Newberry is expected to be named the next head coach at the academy, ESPN reported Monday, saying an “announcement is expected in the near future.”

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

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.