ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head soccer coach Ken Niumatalolo introduced at the moment that Director of Participant Personnel Omar Nelson has been promoted to Chief of Workers, former Navy slot again Marcus Thomas has been employed as Director of Participant Personnel, Josh Bost has joined the employees as Director of Soccer Operations and Christian Covyeau is the brand new soccer video coordinator.
Nelson is in his sixth 12 months with the Navy Soccer program having spent the earlier 5 years because the Director of Participant Personnel.
Nelson is a widely known determine round Navy athletics, having served as the colour commentator on the Navy Radio Community for 14 seasons. He’s a 1997 graduate of the Naval Academy, the place he helped lead the Midshipmen to a 9-3 document and a victory over California within the Aloha Bowl his senior 12 months. Nelson gained three varsity letters at fullback for the Mids.
Upon commencement, Nelson reported to Floor Warfare Officer College in Newport, R.I., after which served because the First Division Officer onboard the USS Denver (LPD-9) from August 1998-July 2000. In January of 2000, Nelson deployed for six months to the Persian Gulf with the Denver for Operation Southern Watch.
Nelson additionally served because the Auxiliaries Officer onboard the USS Sides (FFG-14) from November 2000-Could 2002. In February of 2002, Nelson deployed with the Sides in assist of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Nelson reported again to the Academy in June 2002 to work within the Seamanship and Navigation Division and taught Technique and Techniques and Seamanship and Navigation, in addition to serving because the Officer in Cost of a Yard Patrol Craft coaching midshipmen.
“Recruiting, retention and participant growth are the keys to the success of Navy Soccer and Omar Nelson brings a wealth of data as a former Naval Officer, Naval Academy graduate, Navy Soccer broadcaster and a Navy Soccer Brotherhood member. He’s an elite chief of males. Gamers look to him for steerage and mentorship. I look to him for his knowledge on an unlimited array of subjects because it pertains to being a Navy Soccer participant.”
Thomas involves Navy from UCLA, the place he was the offensive analyst for Chip Kelly in 2020 and 2021 and the Director of Strategic Intelligence in 2019.
Whereas at UCLA, Thomas assisted the working backs coach (2020 and 2021) and the tight ends coach (2019) in addition to with particular groups and was liable for the opponent personnel scouting report. He helped lead UCLA to the 2021 Vacation Bowl, its first bowl recreation in 4 seasons.
In 2021, the UCLA offense ranked sixteenth within the nation in scoring, averaging 36.5 factors per recreation. Thomas contributed to the weekly growth of the run recreation plan for a unit that averaged 215.1 speeding yards per recreation, which was the seventeenth finest speeding common within the nation. In 2020, the UCLA offense ranked twentieth within the nation in scoring, averaging 35.4 factors per recreation and the speeding recreation improved by greater than 70 yards per recreation.
Thomas is a 2014 graduate of the Naval Academy and earned 4 varsity letters on the soccer workforce. The Mids compiled a 31-20 document in Thomas’ 4 years, gained two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies, beat Military all 4 occasions and performed in three bowl video games, profitable the 2013 Bell Helicopter Bowl over Center Tennessee State 25-6.
Thomas was named Second Crew All-Impartial as a kick returner in 2011, 2012 Honorable Point out All-Impartial, 2013 Honorable Point out All-Impartial and 2013 All-East by the ECAC. He was a recipient of the 2013 Napoleon McCallum Award, which is offered to the Navy varsity soccer participant of the graduating class who has gained probably the most all-purpose yards in his profession.
Thomas is Navy’s all-time chief in kickoff return yardage with 2,338 yards.
Thomas spent 5 years in america Marine Corps together with serving because the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36 Detachment Officer answerable for 55 Marines for the thirty first Marine Expeditionary Unit, a ahead deployed contingency-response unit within the Pacific theatre and an Aviation Provide Officer in Okinawa, Japan the place he led a workforce of 42 Marines, offering logistics and provide assist to greater than 2,000 Marines with Marine Plane Group 36 consisting of 58 plane.
“We’re thrilled to welcome again one other Brotherhood member in Marcus Thomas,” stated Niumatalolo. “After a profitable profession within the Marine Corps, he realized from among the finest in our enterprise at UCLA in Coach Chip Kelly and our very personal Bryce McDonald.”
Bost enters his first 12 months on the Naval Academy because the Director of Soccer Operations. Bost got here to Navy from Virginia Tech the place he served as each the senior director of soccer operations (2021) and the director of soccer video and know-how (2016-20) on Justin Fuente’s employees.
At Virginia Tech, Bost coordinated workforce journey, workforce calendars and schedules and labored intently with all assist areas that contact soccer, together with sports activities drugs, sports activities diet, power and conditioning, in addition to lecturers and different campus entities. He additionally assisted the recruiting and personnel employees in coordinating camps and different occasions involving prospects and their households. In his earlier function at Tech, he managed all sides of the soccer video division.
Bost additionally served because the video coordinator on Fuente’s employees at Memphis from 2013-15.
Previous to Memphis, Bost labored at North Texas for 9 years because the director of video operations. He graduated from Center Tennessee State in 2003 and labored in that workplace as each a scholar and graduate assistant earlier than shifting to North Texas.
“We could not be extra excited to have Josh Bost,” stated Niumatalolo. “He brings all kinds of expertise and experience to our program. He is a good particular person and suits completely in our tradition.”
Covyeau initially assisted within the recruiting division at Navy earlier than shifting over to video coordinator.
Covyeau is a graduate of Fort Lewis School in Durango, Col. and acquired his Grasp’s in Sport Administration from the College of Louisville in 2021.
Covyeau began out as a quarterback at Fort Lewis earlier than shifting over to the video aspect the place he supervised the Fort Lewis digicam crew.
At Louisville, he served because the Soccer Expertise graduate assistant and coordinated the Louisville Soccer video companies and know-how, whereas managing a workforce of 10+ interns to movie practices and video games whereas additionally enhancing movie for workforce evaluate in addition to self-scouting and opponent scouting reviews for the teaching employees. Louisville gained the 2019 Music Metropolis Bowl underneath ACC Coach of the 12 months Scott Satterfield.
Covyeau has additionally labored as a Strategic Partnerships Supervisor with DiverseNet Inc. (2014-18), as a Participant Participation Analyst for Professional Soccer Focus (2018-19), as a soccer recruiting coach at Subsequent School Pupil Athlete (2021-22) and a scouting intern with the Hula Bowl All-Star Basic (2021-22).
“We’re very lucky to have Christian,” stated Niumatalolo. “He brings expertise and innovation to our program in a crucial space within the growth of our gamers and program.”