Ken Niumatalolo will visit Provo from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he has tremendous influence for good among the midshipmen who are in training to defend our nation. He has just completed his ninth year as the Academy’s head football coach, and he has been affiliated with their football program for nineteen years overall.
Niumatalolo’s distinguished achievements in his role as head coach include the awarding of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to his team five times during his tenure. This distinction is given annually to the winner of the college football series between the teams of the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy. Niumatalolo is also the all-time winningest coach in the Academy’s 133-year history, and he was awarded American Conference Coach of the Year or Co-Coach of the year in 2015 and 2016.
Niumatalolo’s life and story were also featured in the American documentary film, Meet the Mormons, produced in 2014 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The film shares the account of Ken’s remarkable dedication to his family and his faith, while highlighting his love for our country and for the players he mentors. Ken’s own family has provided much military service to our country, including that of his father, who is retired from the Coast Guard; his oldest brother, who is retired from the Army; and his uncle, who is retired from the Marines.
Ken was born in American Samoa in 1965 and raised in Laie, Hawaii, where he attended college at the University of Hawaii. Ken also served an LDS mission in the California Ventura Mission. Currently, he resides in Annapolis with his wife, Barbara. Together they have three children, Alexcia, Va’a, and Ali’i.