Inside The Headset - Podcast - Ken Niumatalolo WP

Inside The Headset: Ken Niumatalolo [PODCAST]

This week on Inside The Headset we have a special two-part episode in honor of the Army Navy game this upcoming weekend. Part two features Navy Head Coach, Ken Niumatalolo’s general session speech from the 2016 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Coach Niumatalolo shares the importance of building a strong culture, the value of knowing the “what, how, and why” for your football program, and the importance of leading by example.

In his 11 seasons at the helm of the Navy football program and in his 21 years overall at the Naval Academy, head coach Ken Niumatalolo has engineered a program that has hit on all cylinders more often than not, since he took over the reigns at the end of the 2007 campaign. He started his coaching career at the University of Hawaii in 1990 after completing his playing career for the Rainbow Warriors (1990-1994). He then went to Annapolis for his first stint as the Running Backs coach (1995-1996) and Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach (1997-1998). He traveled west for three seasons as Tight Ends/Special Teams coach for UNLV (1999-2001). He came back to Navy in 2002 where he served as Offensive Line/Assistant Head Coach (2002-2007) before taking over the program in 2007.

  • [3:35] Start of General Session
  • [9:00] The importance of making time for family
  • [16:37] Building a strong culture
  • [28:58] “Your culture starts with you”
  • [38:17] What, how, and why
  • [39:04] “What is your why?”
  • [41:48] Leading by example
  • [47:17] The four pillars of Navy’s football program

You can follow Coach Niumatalolo on Twitter.

Be sure to Rate, Review, and Subscribe to the Inside the Headset podcast and follow us on Twitter.

Have any questions, comments, or ideas for the show? Send us an email at

RELATED CONTENT: Inside The Headset: Craig Bohl [PODCAST]

RELATED CONTENT: Inside The Headset: Mike Norvell [PODCAST]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *