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ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced as we speak that Brian Newberry, Brian Norwood, Kevin Downing and P.J. Volker have joined the teaching employees on the defensive aspect of the soccer.

Newberry will function defensive coordinator and coach the safeties, Norwood shall be co-defensive coordinator and coach the cornerbacks, Downing will coach the defensive ends and raiders and Volker will coach the within linebackers. Returning defensive employees members Steve Johns will coach the strikers, Justin Davis will coach the nose guards and defensive tackles, whereas R.B. Green can be a defensive assistant.

“I am super excited to have Brian Newberry join our program,” stated Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. “He brings an edge and a style of defense that will get us back to where we belong. I am also ecstatic to have Brian Norwood join our staff. With almost 30 years of coaching at the highest level, he brings a deep reservoir of knowledge and expertise to our team. Kevin Downing and P.J. Volker are two rising stars in our profession-great coaches who are proven recruiters. Above everything, they are men of principle and character.”

Newberry was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Kennesaw State for the last 4 years, main the Owls to the FCS quarterfinals in every of the last two seasons. He runs a multiple protection with 4-2-5 and Three-4 rules.

Kennesaw State ranked first within the FCS in fewest first downs allowed per recreation (13.5) and second in complete protection (263.7 yards per recreation) in 2018.  The Owls finished seventh in scoring defense, giving up a mean of 15.4 points per recreation.  The Owls additionally ranked 11th nationally in third down conversion defense.

In 2017, Kennesaw State ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense (15.5 points per recreation) and third in turnovers gained (35). The Owls picked off 24 passes, which ranked second nationally, and led the Huge South in dashing defense (102.1 yards per recreation), cross defensive efficiency ( and purple zone defense (76.9 %), while standing second in sacks (31).

The Kennesaw protection pressured an unimaginable 56 turnovers during the last two years, including 37 interceptions.

Individually Newberry helped develop 2017 All-American Bryson Armstrong and 2016 All-Huge South honoree Dante Blackmon.

Winner of the distinguished Jerry Rice Award (National Freshman of the Yr), Armstrong captained an airtight protection in 2017, finishing first in the nation in fumbles recovered (4), while leading the Massive South in sacks (11 solo). He completed second within the convention in tackles (114) and third in tackles for loss (12.5).

Blackmon, who led the Huge South and ranked second nationally with six interceptions, turned the first Owl to take part with an NFL staff when he was invited to mini-camp and signed to an Undrafted Free Agent contract by the Indianapolis Colts.

Newberry also coached All-Huge South safeties Derrick Farrow, Taylor Henkie and Jace White whereas at Kennesaw.

Newberry joined the Kennesaw State coaching employees after spending the 2012 season as defensive coordinator at Division II Northern Michigan.

Previous to his one season at Northern Michigan, Newberry served as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach on the College of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., in 2011 the place the Tigers improved their scoring defense by 16 points per recreation and complete protection by 85 yards a contest.

Newberry’s teaching expertise additionally consists of 4 seasons (2007-10) as defensive backs coach at Elon and 5 years (2004-06, 2001 and 2002) as defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Washington & Lee. He additionally served as a graduate assistant/defensive position coach at Rice in the course of the spring of 2004, spent one season as an assistant defensive backs coach at Lehigh in 2003 and commenced his coaching career at Southern Arkansas the place he was a graduate assistant coaching the defensive backs and extensive receivers in 1999 and 2000.

While defensive backs coach at Elon, Newberry mentored 5 gamers who earned All-Southern Conference honors and in 2009, the Phoenix protection ranked fifth nationally in complete defense.

In 2004, Newberry’s Washington & Lee protection produced a school-record 43 sacks and ranked among the Division III leaders in dashing defense. The Generals’ defense led the Previous Dominion Athletic Conference in cross defense, rush defense and scoring protection in 2005 and in 2006, Washington & Lee pressured 30 turnovers and ranked among the many nation’s leaders in cross defense.

Newberry performed collegiately at Baylor and graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s of science diploma in schooling. He helped lead the Bears to the Southwest Conference co-championship and an look in the 1994 Alamo Bowl and to a No. 5 national rating in complete defense in 1995.

Newberry and his spouse, Kate, expect their first baby in March.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be coaching at the Naval Academy,” stated Newberry.  “I am extremely grateful to Chet Gladchuk and Coach Niumatalolo for this opportunity.  It is an honor and privilege to be able to coach and mentor these young men of character and to work with an outstanding group of coaches.  My wife Kate and I are thrilled to be joining the Navy Football family.”

A 29-year coaching veteran, Brian Norwood returns to the Naval Academy after a 19-year hiatus. Norwood was the defensive backs coach at Navy from 1995-99 and in his first yr at Navy he coached cornerback Sean Andrews to Second Staff All-America honors. In Norwood’s second season in Annapolis, Navy completed at 9-3 – its greatest report since 1978 – and registered a 42-38 victory over California in the 1996 Aloha Bowl. With Norwood on employees, the Midshipmen posted back-to-back profitable seasons (1996 and 1997) for the primary time since a five-year run of profitable campaigns led to 1982.

Norwood comes to Navy from Kansas State where he was this system’s co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach for one yr. Beneath Norwood’s path, the Kansas State protection made the most important leap within the Huge 12 in move protection, shifting from final in the league (309.1 yards per recreation) to fourth (245.eight).  The 245.eight passing yards per recreation have been the fewest passing yards Kansas State had allowed in the final 5 years.

Previous to Kansas State, Norwood was the affiliate head coach and co-defensive coordinator while also coaching the safeties at Tulsa from 2015-17.  Norwood coached at Baylor from 2008-14, serving because the defensive coordinator from 2008-10 and the associate head coach and safeties coach from 2011-14.

Throughout his three seasons coordinating the Bear protection, Norwood oversaw a unit that totaled 9 All-Massive 12 honorees and two All-People. Through the Bears’ 2013 Massive 12 Championship season, Norwood coached First-Workforce All-American Ahmad Dixon, whereas each of Baylor’s 2011 starting safeties, Mike Hicks and Sam Holl, earned All-Massive 12 honors. Holl finished second on the squad with 113 complete tackles and Hicks was third with 105, and each had three interceptions. In 2010, Norwood coached First-Workforce All-Huge 12 honoree Byron Landor, who totaled 127 tackles.

Norwood, whose resume consists of 13 bowl appearances, was an assistant beneath Joe Paterno at Penn State from 2001-07. Throughout Norwood’s seven seasons in Completely happy Valley, the Nittany Lions led the Massive Ten in cross efficiency defense twice (2004 and 2005) and completed third on two occasions (2003 and 2006). Penn State ranked among the nation’s prime 25 in move efficiency protection 4 occasions, together with a No. 4 ranking in 2004.

On the end of the 2007 common season, the Nittany Lions’ defense ranked sixth nationally towards the run (87.92 ypg), eighth in scoring protection (17.58 ppg), ninth in complete protection (306.58 ypg) and 44th in move effectivity protection (119.14 score).

Norwood coached 2006 Massive Ten interceptions chief and First-Group All-Massive Ten security Anthony Scirrotto, and developed All-Massive Ten and NFL defensive backs Shawn Mayer (led convention with 144 tackles as a senior) and Calvin Lowry. He also coached 2003 Second-Staff All-Huge Ten decide Yaacov Yisreal.

In his lone season at Texas Tech, Norwood coached robust safety Kevin Curtis, a Second-Workforce All-American and First-Workforce All-Massive 12 honoree, as the Pink Raiders played within the 2000 Bowl.

Norwood’s first full-time teaching job was guiding the surface linebackers at Richmond (1992-94) after serving two years as a graduate assistant at Arizona (1990-91).

Norwood was a four-year letterwinner at each cornerback and security at Hawaii (1984-87) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication in 1988. He and his wife, Tiffiney, have 5 youngsters: Gabriel, Jordan, Levi, Brianna and Zaccariah. Gabriel was a key member of George Mason’s 2006 men’s basketball Remaining Four workforce. Jordan played eight seasons in the NFL, including the 2015 campaign with the Tremendous Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, while Levi was a four-year letterwinner at Baylor (2011-14).

“I am excited and consider myself blessed to have another opportunity to coach at the United States Naval Academy with Coach Niumatalolo, Coach Newberry and the entire staff,” stated Norwood.  “It truly is an honor to help lead young men who choose to prepare to serve our country while pursuing victory academically, athletically and socially. My wife Tiffiney and I also want to thank Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk for giving me an opportunity to return to a place I care deeply about.”

Downing simply accomplished his fourth season as defensive ends coach at Kennesaw State, where he mentored a pair of All-Huge South alternatives in Desmond Johnson and Tonarius Portress. These two ends combined to document 13 sacks and 33 ½ tackles for a loss in the course of the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Downing beforehand labored alongside Newberry at Elon (2010-13) after spending 4 years (2006-09) as recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach at Winston-Salem State.

Downing coached the defensive ends (2010) and broad receivers (2011-13) at Elon. While serving as Elon’s extensive receivers coach, Downing helped guide one of the prime FCS skills in Aaron Mellette. In 2011, Mellette set an Elon and Southern Conference report with 1,639 receiving yards and led all the FCS in each receptions per recreation (10.27) and receiving yards per recreation (149.00) on his solution to being named to seven All-America squads and ending fifth in the voting for the 2010 Walter Payton Award, the top individual honor at the FCS degree. Phoenix receivers averaged 281.45 yards per recreation in 2011.

Downing helped Mellette again lead the Southern Conference in receiving in 2012 as the senior caught 97 passes for 1,398 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was named to quite a few All-America squads and placed eighth within the voting for the Walter Payton Award. Mellette turned Elon’s first consultant within the prestigious Senior Bowl and was a seventh-round decide by the Baltimore Ravens in 2013.

Downing is a 2004 graduate of North Carolina Central University the place he played soccer in 2001 and 2002. Through the 2001 marketing campaign, Downing played a key position in serving to the Eagles’ protection turn into the top-rated unit on the NCAA Division II degree. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health and bodily schooling in 2004.

Downing and his wife, Nia, have three youngsters, Kevin Jr., Kailey and Kaiden.

“I am very humbled and honored to have an opportunity to coach at the Naval Academy,” stated Downing.  “I would like to thank Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk and coach Ken Niumatalolo for this opportunity.  I am so excited and look forward to coaching and helping shape these young men of character.  My wife Nia and I look forward to joining the family.”

Volker served two seasons on the Kennesaw State defensive employees and was instrumental within the improvement of All-American Bryson Armstrong, who led the Massive South in sacks (11), whereas ranked second in tackles (114) and tackles for a loss (12.5) in 2017.

Volker also tutored Kennesaw State linebacker Anthony Gore, who was named 2018 Massive South Defensive Participant of the Yr. Gore led the group with 80 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks this previous season. Every linebacker coached by Volker at Kennesaw State made the All-Conference staff.

As the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for Trent Miles’ program at Georgia State, Volker coached six All-Sun Belt Conference alternatives over 4 seasons (2013-16). In addition, he coached Joseph Peterson, this system’s all-time chief in tackles and a three-time all-conference selection.

In 2015, as the Panthers reached their first bowl recreation in class history, the workforce was led by the nation’s most improved defense. Georgia State led the nation by allowing 15 points fewer per recreation than in 2014 and enhancing by 122.3 yards per recreation and 1.92 yards per carry towards the run. The Panthers finished in the prime 4 in the Solar Belt in scoring defense (28.3 ppg), complete defense (405.6 ypg), dashing protection (181.4 ypg) and cross effectivity defense (120.3).

Volker spent three years (2010-12) with Miles as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Indiana State, helping the Sycamores publish three straight profitable seasons. Whereas there, seven Indiana State linebackers have been named to the all-conference staff, including three-time choice Aaron Archie, who was the program’s all-time leading tackler.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Volker was a three-year letterwinner and two-time all-conference choice on the School of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio). He was honored with the varsity’s Future 5 Award, which honors alumni who’ve graduated inside the last 20 years that have excelled of their career and offered service to their communities.

He began his coaching profession because the operating backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Thiel School. From there, he joined the employees at Thomas Extra School, a Division III program in Kentucky, the place he coached the linebackers and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

He’s married to the former Amanda Naseef, and the couple has two younger daughters, Rosie and Ella.

“I am incredibly honored to join the football staff at the Naval Academy,” stated Volker. “I want to thank Chet Gladchuk and Ken Niumatalolo for this opportunity.  I am excited to mentor and coach these young men of character and future leaders of our country.  My wife Amanda and I are thrilled to join the Navy Football family.”

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