UCLA assistant Ken Niumatalolo lands CFB head coaching job, per report
UCLA will be replacing Ken Niumatalolo after one season in Westwood. Niumatalolo is leaving his post on Chip Kelly’s staff to be a head coach again.
ESPN’s Pete Thamel reports that Niumatalolo is taking the San Jose State head coaching job, agreeing to a 5-year deal with the program.
Sources: San Jose State has finalized a deal to make Ken Niumatalolo the school’s next head coach. It’s a 5-year deal that extends through the 2028 season. https://t.co/KbAbglkl3v
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 21, 2024
Niumatalolo joined Chip Kelly’s staff in 2023 as director of leadership, an advisory role to student-athletes. He stepped into the tight ends coaching role in December for the LA Bowl and was named to the position full-time on Jan. 5. Bruins TE Hudson Habermehl had a touchdown in the bowl win, giving UCLA an 8-5 record for the season.
Niumatalolo is Navy’s all-time winningest coach, posting a 109-83 record coaching the Midshipmen from 2007-to-2022. He was let go by the program following the 2022 campaign, the program’s third consecutive losing season.
Navy won the American Athletic Conference’s West Division three times during Niumatalolo’s tenure (2015, ’16 and ’19). Niumatalolo was named the AAC Coach of the Year in each of those seasons.
Niumatalolo replaces Brent Brennan at San Jose State. Brennan took the Arizona job following Jedd Fisch’s departure for Washington.