Army, Navy coaches go back a long way

Despite both being relatively green in their head coaching roles, Army’s Rich Ellerson and Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo share a friendship through football that’s very old school.
See, Ellerson, then an assistant at Hawaii, successfully recruited Niumatalolo – a native of Hawaii – to play for the Rainbow Warriors. Ellerson soon moved on to other coaching stops. But the two never really lost touch, sharing life experiences along with tidbits of football information during Ellerson’s head coaching stints at Southern Utah (1996) and Cal Poly (2001-08) and Niumatalolo’s assistant coaching stops at his alma mater (1992-99), UNLV (1999-01) and Navy, where he took over the head coaching duties in December 2007.