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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mids extend Niumatalolo 'formula' with long-term contract

Published 04/22/11
Toward the end of the 2010 season, the internet was rampant with rumors about Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. At various times, Niumatalolo was linked to the vacancies at Minnesota and Vanderbilt while other schools were reportedly interested in luring the up and coming coach away from Annapolis.
Neither Niumatalolo nor athletic director Chet Gladchuk wanted to go through that annual exercise anymore, so they agreed on a long-term contract that should end speculation about the coach’s future.
"A formula for the continued success of our football program has been our commitment to quality continuity," Gladchuk said in a statement.
"Keeping our excellent staff in place has always been a goal and that begins with our outstanding and accomplished head coach. We now have a road map in place that can allow for Kenny to continue leading our team for years to come. I have always felt strongly that Coach Niumatalolo is the perfect fit for Navy and Navy is the perfect fit for Kenny."
Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but both sides indicated Niumatalolo is now guaranteed more years and a higher base salary. Evan Beard, the coach's agent, repeatedly used the description "long-term" and said the deal provides Niumatalolo with the opportunity to "be at the Naval Academy for quite a long time." Beard would not reveal financial elements, but called the contract "far and away the most lucrative of all the service academies."

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